Some WP8.1 devices will need separate firmware updates before nabbing W10

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Outside of purchasing new devices like the Lumia 950, 950XL, or 650, the only way to experience Windows 10 on phones so far is to take part in Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program. There users are able to download the latest builds of the OS (on their own speed), and provide feedback while doing so. While OEMs have introduced a bevy of new Windows 10 Mobile devices at MWC this year like the HP Elite X3 and Mouse’s 6 inch monster (while other devices were revisited), current users on version 8.1 of the mobile software are left waiting for official wording on just when they should expect their updates.

While Microsoft still had not etched a date in concrete just yet, in an official statement to Neowin, the tech giant did state that for some 8.1 devices will need to receive a firmware update before receiving the Windows 10 update, but stopped short of naming which devices. This is in stark contrast to how 8.1 users are used to receiving updates, which would normally include a firmware update bundled with those of the OS, as was the case with Lumia Black, Cyan, and Denim. The rep also goes on to advise that all Windows Phone 8.1 users keep their devices updated to the latest software to prepare for the big update. The rep’s statement follows:

For existing 8.1 devices, Win10 update is going to be only SW update, but in order to fix few issue, there will be FW updates for some devices which are still based on 8.1 SW before they can receive Win10 update.

Right now we have not communicated what 8.1 devices will get updated and when but please have the latest SW on all your 8.1 in preparation of win 10.

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