Not all Windows Phones running Windows 10 are going to be eligible for the Creators Update, however, according to my sources.
Here's an alphabetical list of phones that are expected to get Creators Update, based on tips from my contacts:
Alcatel IDOL 4S
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
HP Elite x3
Lenovo Softbank 503LV
MCJ Madosma Q601
Microsoft Lumia 550
Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL
Microsoft Lumia 650
Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL
Trinity NuAns Neo
I've asked Microsoft if this list is accurate and final. I've also asked if there are specific reasons why other handsets won't be eligible for Windows 10 Creators Update. I received the following statement from a spokesperson:
"Beginning this month, Microsoft will release the Creators Update for Windows 10 customers including those using Windows 10 Mobile. As has been the case with pervious Windows updates, a device may not be able to receive the Creators Update if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer's ('OEM') support period. These devices will continue to receive security and servicing fixes according to our OS support policy. The full list of supported devices will be posted on the Product Lifecycle page soon."
So no word from Microsoft for now as to whether this list is correct or partial.
Update: A number of Windows Phone users are pointing out on Twitter that they have handsets other than the ones listed that can and are running Insider builds of Windows 10 Creators Update for Mobile. I cannot tell you why those handsets are not on the list above. Maybe the list will be updated. Maybe this is "planned obsolescence." I don't know.
There's also the possibility that Microsoft will allow those running Insider preview builds to stick with the Creators Update even on phones that are not on the officially supported list for some period of time (as has happened in the past).
This isn't the first time that Microsoft delineated which Windows Phone handsets would and wouldn't get the latest release of its mobile operating system.
In the interim, many diehard Windows Phone fans and users are none-too-happy about Microsoft's directions with the platform -- and the company's recent decision to sell Android-based Samsung Galaxy S8 handsets in Microsoft's U.S.-based brick-and-mortar retail stores.