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Why prioritizing Lumia 950, 950 XL & 550 for new Insider Preview Builds may backfire

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Microsoft’s decisions around Windows 10 Mobile have not been very wise to say the least. First the development took too much time and one of the major reasons behind that was more focus on PC builds though one can argue about Microsoft’s priority. Then when Microsoft released the first Windows 10 Mobile running devices, the Build that they ran out of the box posed issues to many new users. This in spite of Microsoft running a big “Insider Preview” program of which we all enthusiasts have been a part. Perhaps, Microsoft needed to take a pause and analyze why it was not being able to channelize and use the feedback provided by the huge Insiders’ pool.

Well coming to subject of this article, now Microsoft has shared that it will prioritize Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550 for receiving future “Insider Preview Builds” and then the communique vaguely mentions “and expand from there as we release Windows 10 Mobile to other devices”.

Today we deliver our 4th PC preview build, and are nearly ready to start sharing new preview builds for Mobile as well. We will start by making these builds available to devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile – the 950, 950XL, and 550 – and expand from there as we release Windows 10 Mobile to other devices.

Now coming to reasons of why we think this is one more unwise decision and may backfire,

  • Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550 users make a very small part of the Insider pool and if Microsoft wasn’t able to use feedback from all Insiders to review builds earlier, I have serious doubts over how Microsoft would be able to judge the builds now with such small Feedback pool.
  • When the new Redstone builds are supposed to bring more bugs and issues because of news features payload, why would anyone like to have it on daily drivers which in most case would be the new Lumias. One more fail!! The existing Insider devices could have made more sense for newer builds.
  • So, while this prioritization itself doesn’t make much sense, most if not all the Insider devices are still on Windows 10 Mobile and why should Microsoft wait for release of Windows 10 Mobile to older devices. Or, is this some kind of miscommunication??
  • If Microsoft goes ahead with this, it will disappoint many enthusiastic users. The delay in release of Windows 10 Mobile to older devices has already taken a toll, with this decision now Microsoft is making Insiders resentful.

Our opinions are certainly welcome and do let us know what you think in comments.

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]
  • atfos

    So, what’s the point being an Insider without having access to new builds. I honestly have a feeling that Microsoft makes decisions without a long-term strategy. As a user you never know what disappointment is just around the corner. They have shut down some of the most unique features of the windows world. I use all the mobile ecosystems and no matter how much I wish for Windows to succeed it just fails and fails again. Android after Lollypop is simply a refined and fun to use op, IOS concrete as always, Windows mobile, just not there yet. And we as windows users are always waiting for something that is finally going to change it all, a new build, a new phone, a new third-party app, but Microsoft just doesn’t deliver it. We had so much hope in 950, but it just isn’t it, now it’s the new Surface, and so on…

    • Nilesh Ghayle

      Agree. I too can’t pretend not to be disappointed with decision. We’re part of Insider for last 6+ months . Many were using preview builds on daily driver. Just for improvement of W10M. And here MS has suddenly excluded us from Insider and without giving any concrete assurance about W10M release too. Their acts seem to suggest that their interest in mobile business is waning.

  • McHale72

    I agree with this article. Focusing primarily on a device that has such a high return rate isn’t a great idea. I have to wonder if the ultimate goal is to kill off the mobile OS entirely. They create better apps for iOS (especially) and Android. They removed almost all unique features of Windows Mobile. Their support has gotten MUCH MUCH worse for their mobile hardware and software. Tack on the much higher price point for their high end devices and they are pretty close to ensuring it’s demise. I hope I’m wrong and this post is a little tongue in cheek but they are clearly NOT doing a good job marketing and selling their devices.

  • that_guy

    They said they would speed up build releases. Now by prioritizing the new phones over the old ones sounds like they slowed it down again. MS is making it very hard to stay with them. Maybe I should cone back in 2 years when they finally reached a point they can start supporting Windows phone 100%.

    • winphouser

      That’s what I thought too. The fast ring doesn’t seem faster yet, and now they are talking about making it slower??

  • Christian Hartung

    Maybe, if you read between the lines, they are saying something like “We got to a point where we can finally begin to roll out windows 10 to all devices. Please, be pacient.”

    • Kamal

      Hope is contagious!!

  • CyberAngel

    How about a POSITIVE article:
    “Why it makes sense!”
    Because they already have the “ten”.
    Insiders can buy the cheap 550
    if they want to try RedStobe alpha first wave.
    Waiting a bit is a good lesson to kids.
    It’s teaching them about life.
    Grow up! – Yes, you! – Grow up!

    • Kamal

      Sure, teaching about life by not properly testing Insider Builds. At least provide sound logic. Insider devices are not on 10 ??

      • CyberAngel

        Since your mama didn’t do it!

        • Kamal

          This better be your First and last comments that you have made with personal attacks on NPU.

          • CyberAngel

            Think about your life.
            Think about that negativity.

          • Oh! What’s happening here, guys?

      • AbueloPatxi

        Insider devices don’t have proper W10 firmware. Till official release they will show firmware bugs as OS bugs.

        They can test old phones with new firmware internally till official upgrade, and release builds to this phones then.