So, a small non-story started circulating today on the interwebs regarding Windows phone and software upgrades. As much as we love discussing those two things, there needs to be some slight clarification here.
As reported by WinArea.De quoting the Twitter account of a somewhat popular WIndows app developer, Windows Insider devices that were previously listed as unsupported are still getting updates, and that Microsoft has added those devices back to the list of supported devices for the Insider program (checking by the internet’s Wayback machine, they didn’t remove those devices at all so it is likely a clerical error).
Update: Yup. The list has now been updated to remove unsupported devices.
The website has been updated with the correct list of supported devices.
— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) August 1, 2017
Here’s what happened, while Microsoft did announce that these handsets would be unsupported and not officially receive WIndows 10 Creators UPdate, the firm did not say that such devices would be getting kicked off the Insider program or be rendered unable to received the old builds they had already tested as they did when the initial Windows update came out.
Earlier this year, Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar stated:
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.
In essence, this is a non-story as stated above. Users who have Windows 10 phones which are Insider enabled will continue to get their updates for their handsets, though technically unsupported. They will not be able to proceed any further, as Microsoft has said. If this is an issue with your phone, you probably should upgrade. It is 2017 after all, and time — and technology –marches on.