Why You Should Wait Before Upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile

Rafia Shaikh
Posted Mar 17, 2016
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Windows fans have been waiting for Windows 10 Mobile release for the Windows Phone devices for a long time now. Earlier today, Microsoft finally started rolling out the new operating system to older devices. However, in the eagerness of getting the new OS on your own devices, users will easily fall for an OS that may still not be ready for many users who like everything to be perfect. Yes, the OS is out of the pre-release testing period, but will modify certain features of the OS in the upgrade progress. For example, notifications for missed calls, messages, and emails on contact tiles is not supported yet.

If you are on the fence wondering if you should upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile right away or wait for it to become more stable and error-free, the following list of expected feature changes will help you in making the right decision.

– List of eligible Windows Phone devices that can upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile

Should you upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile or not?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile or not?

Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to select Windows Phone 8.1 devices around the world. While the update brings new features and improvements to your devices, you should be aware that it will also bring some changes or remove some features that you may not approve of. To help users learn if the latest update is right for them, Microsoft has added the list of features that will be modified or removed during the upgrade process.

When you install the Windows 10 upgrade, some features currently on your device will be modified or removed, including the following:

  • Notifications for missed calls, messages, and emails on contact tiles is not supported at the time of Windows 10 Mobile release.
  • Me Tile and Me Card are no longer supported.
  • Cortana can no longer search for apps, setting, email, text messaging, contacts and QR Codes on the device and can no longer open apps through voice commands.
  • “Hey Cortana” is no longer available on some upgraded devices.
  • Group tiles can no longer be used to receive social networking status updates.
  • Indoor Maps are no longer available for some locations.
  • Certain enterprise features, including Data Protection Under Lock, are not available; please contact your Microsoft Volume Licensing representative for more information.
  • At time of Windows 10 Mobile release Outlook Mail app cannot open .EML attachments.
  • Outlook Calendar app does not support Tasks.
  • MDM capability to prevent saving and sharing Office documents not supported.
  • Many apps, in-app purchases, files, and settings will migrate as part of the upgrade. However, some apps, in-app purchases, or settings may not migrate.
  • Some apps and content sold separately. Feature and app availability and experience may vary by device and market.

If you are only interested to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile because of some specific features like Continuum, please note that many of these new features also have specific hardware requirements. You can read about these and more details at the official page under “Additional requirements to use certain features.”

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Make sure to read all these details to know what you are signing up for. Once you upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, it will receive updates automatically. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise users will be able to postpone these updates.

How to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile:

For those ready to take the leap,

  • Go to Windows Store > install Upgrade Advisor app.
  • Click on Next to find out if the update is available for your phone.
  • If it is, check on Enable Windows 10 Upgrade and follow the on screen instructions.
  • Next, go to Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates to download the update.

Please note that once Windows 10 Mobile is installed on your device, you will have to check for updates again from Settings to get the latest build 10586.164. The first installation upgrades your device on build number 10586.107.

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