Monday, April 26, 2010
Microsoft Will Be Updating Windows 7 Phones Directly: No More Being Held Hostage to the Mobile Operators & Hardware OEMs
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM
"...Microsoft itself will release updates to the OS. Thus, users no longer have to wait until the manufacturer or provider [issues] a firmware update. This should ensure less fragmentation in some versions of Windows phones users...These updates can be pushed to the users in two ways. "We do that through the Zune desktop software or over the air," said Kindel. "Whichever way we use depends on the size of the update." In practice this will mean that major updates from the desktop software can be installed, while the smaller updates are sent directly to your phone."
Over the years, there have been irritations with Windows Mobile - things that don't quite work the way they should, things that are broken, and things that are missing. Real pain points though were on a short list: sluggish performance, stability issues, and perhaps the most frustrating of all: a truly awful ROM upgrade story. From the very first Pocket PC that shipped, these devices have been seen as having a version of Windows; and you can upgrade Windows, right? That's the perception that customers had, so when a new version of Windows Mobile came out, people expected to be able to upgrade their phone. Some OEMs offered upgrades, some didn't. Things got much worse when Pocket PCs became phones and the wireless providers got involved; then it wasn't just about whether HP or another OEM wanted to release the update, it was about the wireless provider deciding if they wanted to be bothered. And more often than not, they didn't - even if tens of thousands of customers would have been willing to pay for it. Read more...