Microsoft is not developing Windows Phone platform anymore and
the company a while ago confirmed there’ll be no
miraculous Windows 10 Mobile revivals. Needless to
say, you might be already tired of hearing again and again that
Windows 10 Mobile is dead. While Microsoft is no longer
interested in its own mobile platform, the developers
and enthusiasts don’t want to give up on Lumia phones just
If you don’t want to give up on your Lumia phones just yet, but
you’re willing to experiment, then we have a good news for you.
Skilled developers in the Windows Phone community have
successfully ported the Windows 10 on ARM project to the
Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL, after testing it on an unreleased
It’s been a while since the developers started searching for a
way to install full Windows 10 ARM on Lumia phones and it
appears that development is finally advancing. A video posted
by Ben shows the first setup experience screen of Windows 10
running on a Lumia 950 XL.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft hasn’t optimized the Windows
10 on ARM operating system for small screen devices such as the
Lumia 950, the company’s last Windows 10 Mobile flagship that
launched in late 2015.
While the project sounds interesting, it’s not feasible in the
long term as full Windows 10 on Lumia has several
limitations. Windows 10 ARM on a Lumia phone is certainly not a
feasible project due to lack of drivers and Microsoft’s
involvement. In the long run, it’s nearly impossible to make
Lumia 950 with full Windows 10 a daily driver.
The developers are trying to run the operating system with
supported or ported drivers, and they might be also planning
for active development of new features. Ben has confirmed that
the Windows 10 ARM is limited to select phones, it won’t work
on Windows Phones like Lumia 650.
— Ben | imbushuo (@imbushuo)
May 3, 2018
A couple of months ago, the developers also managed to run
Windows RT on some Lumia phones with support for most of the
necessary features. The developers are also experimenting
with Android on Lumia project and a new update is expected in
the coming months.
While Windows 10 Mobile is heading towards its last months of
support and phones will stop receiving security patches in late
2019, Microsoft is believed to be working on a new mobile
device that would run
Windows Core OS on ARM architecture out of the box. Such a
device is currently referred to as Andromeda and launch might
take place later this year.