Dona Sarkar, the head of the Windows Insider program, has just confirmed that the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is now live, with the update being released to devices as we speak.
The rollout of Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update was expected to begin on April 25, but a few hours ago, Microsoft pushed the RTM build to devices in the Release Preview ring, suggesting that it could take a little bit longer until the production ring gets it too.
Fortunately, it looks like the company has managed to complete testing in just a few hours, probably because no bugs were reported by users in the Release Preview ring (if there still are any), so phones still running the Anniversary Update can upgrade as well.
“For those waiting for the Mobile Creators Update, that's rolling out in waves across regions now,” Dona Sarka said in a tweet today without providing any other details.
There’s no other announcement or blog post to confirm the start of the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rollout, and unfortunately, this is seen as another sign that Microsoft is not really keen on improving phones these days, as the focus remains on PCs.
Before you head over to the phone update section to continuously hit the Check for updates button until the Creators Update shows up, there are two things that you need to know.
First, the update is rolling out in stages, so availability depends on a series of factors, like region and carrier, and this means that it could take longer than you hoped to receive it.
Then, there’s the worst part: only some phones are getting the Creators Update, and as far as Lumia models are concerned, only the 550, the 640/640 XL, 650, and 950/950 XL are listed as compatible.
Microsoft says this is necessary because it wants to provide the best experience to everyone, though that’s pretty weird since phones like the Lumia 930 and 1520 were running preview builds quite flawlessly.
“We know that many Insiders are disappointed to see their device is no longer supported. We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realized that we would not be able to provide the best possible experience for our customers on many of these older devices. That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update. We are continually listening to your feedback to provide the best experience for ALL of our customers,” the Windows Insider team said.