Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update now available in Release Preview Ring, things unclear for Production Ring
Earlier this month, Microsoft said that the Windows 10 Mobile Creators would start rolling out to all supported devices today, April 25. We’re still not sure if this will still happen today, as for now, the company has just announced that the Creators Update is available to download for Windows Insiders on the Release Preview Ring.
When asked if mobile users on the Production ring will also get the Creators Update today, Microsoft’s Brandon Leblanc remained evasive:
@zacbowden Dude, I can only speak to the Insider releases. It went out to RP ring – that's all I know. Not familiar with other plans.
— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) April 25, 2017
Anyway, the company published a new post on the Feedback Hub today to remind everyone that the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update will only roll out to select devices. If your handset is not supported, you can still get the update by joining the Windows Insider Program and choosing the Release Preview Ring. If you do that, you can also expect to receive cumulative updates for the version 1703 of Windows 10 Mobile, though be aware that your device won’t be officially supported.
You can read the full Feedback Hub post below:
Today, we have released the Windows 10 Creators Update for Mobile (Build 15063) to the Release Preview ring.
Going forward starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update, the following Windows 10 Mobile devices will be officially supported in the Windows Insider Program going forward:
- 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
Devices not on this list will not officially receive the Windows 10 Creators Update nor will they receive any future builds from our Development Branch in the Fast and Slow rings that we release as part of the Windows Insider Program.
If you are a Windows Insider on an unsupported device, you can stay on the Windows 10 Creators Update and receive Cumulative Updates via the Release Preview ring. However, you do so at your own risk as it’s unsupported.
We’ll let you know if we learn more about the company’s plans for the production ring, but it’s still good to know that all handsets that received the Anniversary Update can still get the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update through the Release Preview Ring. However, the Windows 10 Mobile user base is slowly becoming more fragmented: AdDuplex noted in its latest Windows Devices Statistics Reports that 40% of Windows 10 Mobile phones won’t get the Creators Update.Further reading: Creators Update, Microsoft, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Insider