Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has delayed pushing a Windows 10 Mobile upgrade to some existing Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users, according to a report from ZDNet. Microsoft had indicated that owners of Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 handsets would receive the upgrade sometime in December -- an exact date wasn't given -- but in a statement to ZDNet the company said the rollout won't begin to occur until "early next year."
Windows 10 Mobile first hit the market last year on the flagship Lumia 950 and 950 LS; it's also available on the low-end Lumia 550. Microsoft has yet to reveal which existing Windows Phone handsets will receive the upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile.
Microsoft continues to languish in the mobile market, with Windows running on just 2.6 percent of smartphones worldwide, according to recent figures from IDC. The company clearly hopes to get a boost in mobile from Windows 10, which is designed to deliver a uniform experience across smartphones, tablets and PCs.
But the transition to Windows 10 Mobile has been less than ideal: earlier this week Microsoft pulled its most recent build of the platform from servers due to installation problems. Those problems were addressed, Microsoft said, and the updated version was again made available for download.
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