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Should you try the upcoming Windows 10 Preview on your phone?

The upcoming preview version of the next Microsoft operating system for mobile devices – Windows 10 for Phones, or Windows 10 mobile, whatever you wish to call it – is coming with a hugely extended list of handsets it will run on. As Microsoft has promised, a series of models with just 512 MB RAM are included on the list. Here it is:

Lumia 1020, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 526, Lumia 530, Lumia 530 Dual Sim, Lumia 535, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 630, Lumia 630 Dual Sim, Lumia 635, Lumia 636, Lumia 638, Lumia 720, Lumia 730, Lumia 730 Dual SIM, Lumia 735, Lumia 810, Lumia 820, Lumia 822, Lumia 830, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 928, Lumia ICON, Microsoft Lumia 430, Microsoft Lumia 435, Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM, Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV, Microsoft Lumia 532, Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM, Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM, Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

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Compared to the original list of supported phones, the updated list contains a huge range of devices, meaning that even more users have the chance to lay their hands on the latest – and reportedly greatest – Microsoft operating system for smartphones (as a proud owner of a Lumia 620 I am quite content with the current one, too). But the question remains: should you install the Windows 10 preview on your phone? Should you take the risk?

Although the preview version of the Windows 10 is stable – and I haven’t heard of any users reporting any bricked handsets after the update – it is by far not the OS for everyday use. Keep in mind that it is still in a “preview” state for a reason, and not a marketing reason – it is a “work in progress”, with loads of bugs in it that have the potential to at least make you nervous. Besides, the apps you usually use might not work on it at all – keep in mind that it introduces a complete new universal environment with Windows Apps, so there is no guarantee that Royal Vegas online will run on it.

If you have a Windows Phone at hand that you don’t currently use, and if you are curious about the new OS (or want to write a review about it) Windows 10 is definitely something you want to install on it. I would (my above-mentioned Lumia 620 is on the “supported” list) but as I use my phone every day, and I use it for work, it’s not worth the risk right now for me. I will surely be glad to see the final version of the OS on my phone this summer, but until then I will keep 8.1 on it, just to be safe.

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