Microsoft is rolling out a new test builds for Windows 10 to phone Insiders (and to PC users), while acknowledging that only a dozen or so Windows Phone models will get Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft Says Only 13 Smartphones Will Get Windows 10 Creators Update

On April 14, Microsoft confirmed what I posted a week-plus ago: Only a subset of Windows Phone handsets will be getting the Windows 10 Creators Update when it begins rolling out on April 25.

Microsoft’s list of supported phones which the company posted today matches the one I posted on April 5:

  • Alcatel IDOL 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • HP Elite x3
  • SoftBank 503LV
  • Lenovo Softbank 503LV
  • MCJ Madosma Q601
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL
  • Trinity NuAns Neo
  • Vaio Phone Biz
  • VAIO VPB051

“Devices not on this list will not officially receive the Windows 10 Creators Update nor will they receive any future builds from our Development Branch that we release as part of the Windows Insider Program. However, Windows Insiders who have devices not on this list can still keep these devices on the Windows 10 Creators Update at their own risk knowing that it’s unsupported,” said Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar in today’s blog post.Microsoft Says Only 13 Smartphones Will Get Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft attributed the short list of support phones to Insider feedback that indicated older phones might not be providing “the best possible experience” for customers (I’ve heard a number of testers running phones not on this list claim that the Creators Update test builds have worked well on their devices, and in some cases better than Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update does, for what it’s worth.)

Microsoft also released a Fast Ring test build of Windows 10 Mobile for phones to Fast Ring Insiders today. That build number is 15204 and it includes a number of bug fixes. This is the first Redstone 3 build for Windows Phones. It’s only available to Insider phone users of handsets that are on the list above.

Sarkar said that Microsoft will continue to roll out Windows 10 Mobile test builds as the company moves ahead with Windows 10. However, the build number and branch won’t match the builds Microsoft will be releasing for PCs, Sarkar acknowledged.

Sarkar attributed this strategy to “more work we’re doing to converge code into OneCore – the heart of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, HoloLens, Xbox and more as we continue to develop new improvements for Windows 10 Mobile and our enterprise customers.”

I would think the non-aligned build numbers could also have to do with the fact that Microsoft is working on a version of Windows 10 for ARM for PCs and mobile devices that is not the same as Windows 10 Mobile, but today’s Microsoft blog post doesn’t mention that as a reason.

In addition to releasing the new Windows 10 Mobile preview build today, Microsoft also released Windows 10 Build 16176 (Redstone 3) for PC testers in the Fast Ring. Like the first Redstone 3 build Microsoft rolled out last week, today’s PC test build does not include any major new features or changes, as Microsoft is continuing to do work under the hood on OneCore with code refactoring in preparation for check ins of new code.

Build 16176 does include serial device support for the Windows Subsystem for Linux, however, today’s blog post notes, as well as some other minor fixes, changes and known issues, which are itemized in today’s post.Microsoft Says Only 13 Smartphones Will Get Windows 10 Creators Update

However, Microsoft says that the Windows Insiders with devices, which are already running Creators Update Insider preview and are not in the list, can still keep them at their own risk without any official support from the company. There will be no new Insider preview builds pushed to any other devices except the ones in the official list.

 As evident, the supported device list excludes a lot of smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile like Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, and to answer that anomaly Microsoft’s Dora explains in the post “We recognize that many Insiders will be disappointed to see their device is no longer supported. We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realized that we were not providing the best possible experience for our customers on many older devices. That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update. We are continually listening to your feedback to provide the best experience for ALL of our customers.”

The Windows 10 Creators Update for PC brings an overhaul to the previous version with new features like Night Mode, improved Edge browser, a better Cortana, Paint 3D app, Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode, and Game mode among other improvements. As said, it has already started rolling out on PCs running Windows 10 globally.

Microsoft Says Only 13 Smartphones Will Get Windows 10 Creators Update

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