Windows 10 Mobile now available for some Windows 8.1 devices

— 5:42 PM on March 17, 2016

Microsoft has announced that select Windows Phone 8.1 devices can now be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. Unfortunately, not all Windows Phone 8.1 handsets are eligible. Microsoft says some devices "are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience." That includes some devices that are already running Windows 10 as part of Microsoft's insider program. The phones that made the cut include the following (deep breath):

  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 540
  • Lumia 635 1GB
  • Lumia 636 1GB
  • Lumia 638 1GB
  • Lumia 430
  • Lumia 435
  • BLU Win HD w510u
  • BLU Win HD LTE x150q
  • MCJ Madosma Q501

Microsoft is providing a free app that checks to see if a device is eligible. That app—the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor—is available via the Windows Store.

Windows 10 is no stranger to the smartphone space, even if Windows Mobile's market share is hovering in the low single digits. Microsoft unveiled the flagship Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL last October, and a handful of other Windows 10 devices have hit the market since then.

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