Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile platform for existing Windows Phone users will now not be released until 2016, it has emerged, as the firm pushed out a new Cumulative Update to testers on the Windows Insider preview programme.
The platform was also supposed to be released as an over-the-air update for users of existing Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 handsets before the end of this year, but it seems that problems with the software have delayed its release for now.
The version of Windows 10 Mobile that Microsoft released on the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL is known as Build 10586, also unofficially known as the release to manufacturing build.
Microsoft has pushed out a new Cumulative Update overnight with the build number 10586.36 to reflect the fact that any releases now are supposed to be minor updates rather than ones bringing significant changes.
"This build continues to address feedback we've received from Windows Insiders as well as customers using our brand new Windows 10 phones like the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL," explained Gabe Aul, Microsoft's director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team, writing on the Windows blog.
"As with the previous release, this Cumulative Update continues to use the minor version for differentiating between each version - so this build will appear as 10586.36."
Aul also disclosed that Microsoft "won't be releasing any new builds to Windows Insiders until January, for both PC and mobile".
The move comes after Microsoft was forced to withdraw the previous Cumulative Update, Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.29, following problems experienced by some Windows Insider testers who attempted to install it.
In a separate announcement, Microsoft said that new Windows 10 phones like the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL now come with Office Mobile apps pre-installed. Office Mobile includes versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar apps.
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