It is somewhat understandable that Microsoft would want to first focus on getting its latest and greatest OS on its latest and greatest smartphones. But months after it launched Windows 10 and the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the major OS update for its older Lumia handsets is still nowhere to be seen. Or perhaps Windows Phone users are already used to this sort of treatment. Nonetheless, their long, long wait might finally be over. That is, if Vodafone finally got its dates right, Windows 10 will be landing on the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 635, and Lumia 535, this week.
Truth be told, none of these devices are eligible to get the Continuum for Phones feature. At least not unless Microsoft softens is requirements again. Redmond has set some pretty high, or pretty recent, standards for Continuum, requiring compatible smartphones to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 or 810 or 617. As none of these older devices meet that requirement, they are going to be left out of the “PC in your pocket” party.
Windows 10 Mobile, however, might still offer a marked improvement for owners of these devices. Aside from continued updates from Microsoft, Windows 10 has also gained more support from popular app developers, meaning there are more popular apps available for it than the previous Windows Phone platforms. Cortana has also seen much improvement and the user interface overall has been refined.
Given how Microsoft is in dire need of getting Windows 10 Mobile on as many handsets as possible, it is both puzzling and disappointing that it has not approached this matter with as much fervor as it had its newer smartphones. Sure, Microsoft will profit more by selling new devices, but it should probably be aware by now how much brand loyalty can benefit its pockets as well. Considering how it has sometimes ignored its own platform’s users in favor of Android or iOS, such loyalty might be practically unheard of in the Windows camp.
Then again, it might actually be Microsoft’s strategy to de-emphasize the OS and maybe even kill off its smartphones in order to put its apps and services, front and center instead, regardless of what OS they run on.