It’s not even been a week, and Windows 11 has already been successfully ported to a smartphone. A very dedicated engineering student, Gustave Monce, posted a video on YouTube showing the latest developer preview of Windows 11 on an old Windows Phone.
The phone is a Lumia 950 XLthat you may remember once tried to usher in the era of Windows 10 Mobile. It was also the last Windows Mobile Phone and is now somehow a real collector’s item.
Monce is right that Windows Phone is in a phase of extinction at this point in time. The platform had previously struggled to maintain its 2% market share as Android and iOS devices increased.
Monce teamed up with another classmate, Bingxing Wangwho also came up with the idea of running a desktop operating system on the 5.7-inch screen of the Lumia.
“As time went on and we started talking about it, discussion groups formed and in return we had a community of people interested in running Windows 10 entirely on Lumia 950s,” Monce told The Verge.
The team now consists of 15 people working on the WOA project. They worked together on the Windows 11 port, reversing the work they’d already done with Windows 10 and 10X.
Android users got into the fun of Doing It With You Can too if you’re the kind of person who calls something like this “fun” – I don’t, but I also had a nervous breakdown fixing the CSS on mine Website so i come here. XDA surfaced like developers behind it The Renegade Project got Windows 11 to boot on a OnePlus 6T. It even has some of the operating system’s core features that work as intended, including bluetooth and USB input. The actual desktop size is cut small and small, but other than that, it’s fun! Pure fun!
For all its sincerity, it’s nice to see what can be done with a little patience and a knack for reconfiguring. But it’s also an indication of Windows 11’s scalability compared to older versions. In the videos embedded above, Windows runs natively on ARM-based CPUs. So far, Windows 10 could only run if it was emulated on Qualcomm-based tablets and, as shown here, smartphones. But because Microsoft re-created the binaries for Windows 11 on ARM ARM64EC, it is possible to remap parts of the operating system to get it to work on older hardware.
You could probably try it yourself if you had the change. At least the Renegade project allows you to download the source code and tinker with it yourself. The WOA project also provides plenty of guides to help you go through the process of reviving that old Windows Phone that you tucked away in your closet.