Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.
After months of anticipation and a mix of official and internally communicated delays, 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.
As previously reported by VentureBeat in a story pointing to March as the latest intended rollout target, legacy in-market devices selected to receive the upgrade will at first need to initiate it manually. This is known as the pull model (which is distinct from a Microsoft-triggered push model, which will follow at an undisclosed date).
The specific Nokia- and Microsoft-branded Lumias approved for the update are an even more closely guarded secret, and will not be revealed until a Microsoft announcement tomorrow, according to the briefed individual.
After missing a publicly messaged December rollout target, as well as an internal one in February, this update for Windows Phone 8.1 handsets has become something of a white whale for Windows fans. Tomorrow, the whale will finally breach.
Update on March 17: As promised, Windows 10 Mobile is now rolling out.
VentureBeatVentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
- up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
- our newsletters
- gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
- networking features, and more