[Update: Carrier Confirmation] Evleaks Confirms Windows 10 Mobile Release with “Same-Day Availability” Tomorrow


A report last week revealed Microsoft's plans of finally launching the long-awaited Windows 10 Mobile update for Windows Phone devices on Thursday, March 17. Evan Blass of @evleaks fame has now corroborated this launch date with some more details.

It's Out! Microsoft Officially Announces Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone 8.1 – Rollout Begins

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Windows 10 Mobile releasing tomorrow?

After promising an official release for older Lumia devices in December, Microsoft has shied away from sharing a Windows 10 Mobile launch date for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. In the last three months, we have seen plenty of reports giving us launch date in January, on February 29th, and then March 7 before March 17 was reported as the final launch date last week.

Blass is now reporting that Microsoft is indeed ready to announce the Windows 10 Mobile's release for older devices on March 17. Sourcing his information from "a person familiar with the company's plans," he also claims that Microsoft will announce the "same-day availability" of the mobile operating system tomorrow.

Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10 Mobile upgrade is on the eve of being deployed. Playing its cards incredibly close to the chest, the company will announce its same-day availability on March 17, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.

The report further confirms earlier details of Windows 10 Mobile rollout strategy which would have to be installed manually by the users initially. Microsoft will start pushing the update as an OTA update at a later, undisclosed date. The manual installation will only work for the devices eligible to receive the upgrade during the first wave. The list of eligible devices has kept changing over the last few months, and there is still no confirmation as to which Windows Phone 8.1 devices will receive the Windows 10 Mobile update, when it is finally available tomorrow.

Blass suggests that an official list of the Windows Phones powered "Nokia- and Microsoft-branded Lumias" that will receive the Windows 10 Mobile OTA update will also be revealed on that same day.

[Update 1]: T-Mobile Croatia also confirms March 17 launch date

According to Croatian website Nokiamob [via winbeta], T-Mobile Croatia also confirms Windows 10 Mobile release happening tomorrow on March 17. Following list has been shared by the carrier:

  • Lumia 435 SS/DS
  • Lumia 535 SS/DS
  • Lumia 635 1GB SS
  • Lumia 640 SS
  • Lumia 640XL SS
  • Lumia 735 SS
  • Lumia 830 SS
  • Lumia 930 SS
  • Lumia 1520 SS

The carrier claims that eligible Windows Phone 8.1 devices will be required to download an Upgrade Advisor app to download and install the update on their devices.

[Update 2]: Microsoft has updated Windows 10 Mobile landing page

For more, please read: Microsoft Inadvertently Confirms Windows 10 Mobile Release Happening Later Today