There will be that time lag between the launch and the availability, of course, so Microsoft could be trying to precisely time the launch and shipping schedules of both Surface Pro 5 and Surface Phone with the release of Creators Update.
What About a Microsoft Surface Phone with Windows 10 Creators Update Out of the Box?
With Surface Phone, it was the arrival of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 that was most cited as the reason for the device’s delayed arrival. That question is now out of the way, with Qualcomm launching their chipsets at CES 2017 last week.
Another reason is the work that both companies are doing on the desktop app emulation front for mobile devices running Windows 10. This aspect is far more critical to Surface Phone than any other device because this could be Microsoft’s very last chance for re-entry into the smartphone market. To that end, they’d want to make sure that the device is stunning and powerful, but that the UI is up there as well.
Moreover, there are other reasons why the Windows 10 Creators Update would be absolutely essential to the success of Surface Phone: not only would it bring a slew of UI changes to the OS that will make the Continuum experience more seamless, but – and this is pivotal – it would also bring in the kind of device and system security that enterprises would consider non-negotiable. After all, Surface Phone is expected to be more of a business device than a leisure smartphone, even if the specs scream premium.
For all these reasons, we believe that Microsoft is waiting until it can commit to shipping both the Surface Pro 5 as well as the Surface Phone with Windows 10 Creators Update rather than what the general public (other than Insiders) has already been working with – the Anniversary Update. Let’s not forget, the preview builds that have been dropping are only for Windows Insiders, so most Windows 10 users aren’t even aware of the new look and feel of Windows 10.
Of course, the Windows 10 version on the Microsoft Surface Phone will handle apps slightly differently because it’s basically a smartphone rather than a portable desktop device or hybrid. For that reason, Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 updates for mobile in parallel with updates for PC.
As it stands, the release timelines of both the new OS update as well as the two devices are inextricably intertwined, with the one being heavily dependent on the other.