Even though Microsoft will release Windows 10 this year, it seems that not all of its Lumia range of smartphones will receive every feature.
Not all Windows 10 features available on Lumias
The Redmond, Washington-based company has of course focused most of its energies in the low end of Windows Phone hardware in order to grow its market share, but unfortunately Windows 10 won’t be optimised for devices with low-end specs.
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed the fact on Twitter recently, that the company is working on Windows 10 for smartphones that have just 512 MB of RAM, but that “features may vary”, which basically says they’ll be limited in some way.
At this stage it’s not certain which features won’t be available, but hopefully it’s nothing like the Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 debacle, in which some devices received that Windows Phone 7.8 update which only had a few of the Windows Phone 8 features. Likely Microsoft won’t want to repeat the same mistakes, so it will no doubt make sure that most of Windows 10 does run on devices with just 512 MB of memory.
Microsoft had previously said that all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but Belfiore says the company is working on it and it’s an ambition to get it on low spec devices.
The most popular Windows Phone devices is the Lumia 520 which indeed has 512 MB of RAM, followed by the Lumia 630, Lumia 624 and Lumia 530 – you guessed it, they all have the same amount of RAM as the 520. So basically, the majority of the best selling Windows Phone devices will not have all the latest and greatest features, which is a shame.
Microsoft is apparently very close to releasing the Windows 10 preview for smartphones, which is expected to be some time later this week.
Let us know in the comments if you’re looking forward to Windows 10 (whatever the device), and if this news means that you may miss out on some of the new headline features…