Microsoft today confirmed murmurings that the Windows 10 Creators Update will only officially roll out to a limited batch of supported Windows phones. As detailed in the release notes for the latest Mobile Insider build, the list includes a total of 13 Windows phones that will be officially supported at the Creators Update's full release, as well as on the Windows Insider program going forward.
Here's a look at the supported phones:
- HP Elite x3
- Microsoft Lumia 550
- Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL
- Microsoft Lumia 650
- Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL
- Alcatel IDOL 4S
- Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
- SoftBank 503LV
- VAIO Phone Biz
- MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601
- Trinity NuAns NEO
The official list matches a list initially reported last week by ZDNet.
For those disappointed by the move, Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar explains:
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.
Unfortunately, this leaves many people using Windows phones like the Lumia 930 and 1520 without an official way to move up to the Creators Update when it releases on April 25. Nor will phones not on the list be able to test out future Insider builds. Devices that may already have a Creators Update test build installed can keep running it, but they'll remain unsupported going forward.