After what has sometimes felt like forever, Microsoft have finally announced that they will be deploying Windows 10 to its older range of smart phones. In all, just over a dozen phones are set to receive the upgrade as an option.

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But there’s a catch;- not all Windows phone devices will be supported.

The rolling out of Windows 10 will still no doubt come as welcome news for most users of Microsoft’s own telecommunication range of devices. Up until now, pretty much the only way to get your hands on Windows 10 Mobile was if you bought a new phone.

Microsoft released news of the available upgrade on a blog post dated Thursday, saying:

“Consistent with our approach to the Windows 10 PC upgrade, we are focused on delivering a high quality experience for our customers. The Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app can be downloaded from the Windows Store to see if the upgrade is available for your device.”

To make things just that little bit easier for anyone interested, here’s the full list of phones that have been certified as being capable of making the jump to Windows 10 Mobile: “Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 1GB, 638 1GB, 430, 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q, and the MCJ Madosma Q501.”

In a surprise twist to events however, the official list has omitted some devices that are currently running Windows 10 Mobile as part of the Windows Insider program.  But, as Microsoft explains in their blog:

“Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations, many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience. Our goal is to only offer the Windows 10 upgrade to devices that we are confident can continue to deliver a good customer experience.”

For some people, this news, will, inevitably suck. However, it’s probably the right move.  Windows phones are still struggling to pick up market share from the likes of Android and Apple, despite the fact that the latest Windows phone offerings have been favorably received by critics.