Windows Phone – fragmentation is coming

Good news: some Windows Phone users will get a new version of their Operating System (OS)

Microsoft promotional text:

From sleeping better to easily managing your children’s screen time

Sometimes it’s the little things that delight the most. And with the Windows 10 Creators Update, there are many delightful updates and features based on your feedback.

By reducing the blue light emitted by your screen, the night light feature helps you sleep better. With night light, when you’re working late your brain is more ready to power down for a good night’s sleep. Smartphone users love this feature and now, it’s coming to Windows 10 with the Creators Update.

The mini view feature lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing. This means you can do things like binge-watch your favorite show, carry on a Skype conversation or control your music, regardless of what else you’re working on.

Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy. This remote lock feature works with smartphones, fitness bands or any device that’s paired to your PC or tablet.

The bad news: not every Windows 10 phone is getting this update. The list is kind of short.

  • Alcatel IDOL 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • HP Elite x3
  • 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 VPB051

This means that a lot of phones with Windows 10 will not be upgraded to a current Windows 10 release. While platform fragmentation is not a new ‘happening’, Android was fragmented as soon as the second version was released and it’s gotten worse since then, Microsoft had a good track record with these kind of things. It’s not like the creators update will require new drivers with another API level or something like that.

It’s a shame, the Windows Phone market was already business only imho and nothing stresses an IT department more when one device can handle something and another one which looks the same through the eyes of a end-user cant.

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