Here’s what you lose when you upgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile

Arif Bacchus

The day Windows Phone fans have been waiting for has finally arrived and Windows 10 Mobile is now starting to roll out to select devices around the world. The upgrade is a good thing that brings many new features and access to Universal Windows Apps, but you should also be aware that the upgrade will modify your device and remove some features along the way. And remember that some Windows 10 Mobile features, like Continuum and Windows Hello, have specific hardware requirements that your device might not support.

On the Windows 10 Mobile page, Microsoft lists the following as features that will be modified or removed as part of the upgrade process from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile.

  • Notifications for missed calls, messages, and emails on contact tiles is not supported at the time of Windows 10 Mobile release.
  • Me Tile and Me Card are no longer supported.
  • Cortana can no longer search for apps, setting, email, text messaging, contacts and QR Codes on the device and can no longer open apps through voice commands.
  • “Hey Cortana” is no longer available on some upgraded devices.
  • Group tiles can no longer be used to receive social networking status updates.
  • Indoor Maps are no longer available for some locations.
  • Certain enterprise features, including Data Protection Under Lock, are not available; please contact your Microsoft Volume Licensing representative for more information.
  • At time of Windows 10 Mobile release Outlook Mail app cannot open .EML attachments.
  • Outlook Calendar app does not support Tasks.
  • MDM capability to prevent saving and sharing Office documents not supported.

The list sure is a long one, and so before upgrading, you might want to take a look and think if the upgrade is truly worth it for you. If you do decide to upgrade, please let us know if you miss these features by commenting below!