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Microsoft teases users, Windows 10 for phones release date still unconfirmed

The Windows Phone Windows Insider App was recently updated (opens in new tab), indicating that a mobile build of Windows 10 is imminent - but when?

Answering questions from eager users on Twitter, Microsoft's Gabriel Aul has given some cryptic hints about when the first preview of the successor to Windows Phone 8.1 will be launched.

Over the last few months Microsoft has been popping out new builds (opens in new tab) of Windows 10 left, right and center. While we now have a pretty good idea of how things are going to look and feel on the desktop (opens in new tab), the same cannot be said of mobiles and tablets.

Of course, it would be far too simple to just come out with an actual release date, so Gabe decided to tease Twitter users a little.

Rather than answering queries about the release date directly, he chose to wind people up by answering in mysterious terms. If you want to know when your can get your hands on a mobile build, you'll have to solve a puzzle.

Make of it what you will, but the release date is somehow wrapped up in the clue 1316:

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Joe Belfiore had already made it clear that we should expect a release in February, but no date was pinned down:

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Gabe himself, in response to numerous guesses at the date, caved in a confirmed that we can expect to see the release this month, but would not go into any more detail:

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So... start guessing! It seems that no one has managed to pin down the release date precisely yet -- or at least Aul is not saying as much -- but there's only a couple of weeks to wait at the most now.