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The new Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

In mid-February, Microsoft rolled out the first build of its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. However, to the annoyance of many users, the preview was released for only a limited subset of the company's low- and mid-range handsets.

Adding to that frustration, Microsoft hasn't released any new builds for phones in the two months since then - but the head of the company's Windows Insiders program Gabe Aul said earlier this week that it would roll out a new preview build for today.


And today, at long last, the new preview, build 10051, has arrived, and will soon be rolling out to those on the Windows Insiders Fast ring. The update may not be available for everyone at the same time, so if you can't immediately download the new build to your device, be patient and try again a bit later.

Unlike the first preview, which was limited to just six handsets, Microsoft has greatly expanded compatibility of the new build to include almost its entire Windows Phone 8.x range:
Lumia 430
Lumia 435
Lumia 435 Dual SIM
Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
Lumia 520
Lumia 525
Lumia 526
Lumia 530
Lumia 530 Dual SIM
Lumia 532
Lumia 532 Dual SIM
Lumia 535
Lumia 535 Dual SIM
Lumia 620
Lumia 625
Lumia 630
Lumia 630 Dual SIM
Lumia 635
Lumia 636
Lumia 638
Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Lumia 730
Lumia 730 Dual SIM
Lumia 735
Lumia 810
Lumia 820
Lumia 822
Lumia 830
Lumia 920
Lumia 925
Lumia 928
Lumia 1020
Lumia 1320
Lumia 1520

Notably absent from that list are the Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon. Microsoft had previously stated that the Icon would be included in the new preview, but has since issued a correction, clarifying that both the 930 and Icon will not be supported this time around "due to a scaling bug we need more time to fix". The new Lumia 640 XL is also being excluded from the new preview for the same reason.
In order to install the new preview on your handset, you'll need to firstinstall the Windows Insider app from the Store.

As with any pre-release software, you should expect bugs, glitches, crashes, tears and heartache - so if you're not ready or equipped to deal with any of that, you should really avoid installing the preview on your handset. And even if you are totally tech-savvy, it's best to use a secondary device to test it out, rather than installing it on your main phone.


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