When it comes to Windows Phone 7 updates, Microsoft is in charge

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Not to beat the dead, rotting horse that is the story of Android fragmentation, but we’re being reminded again of how annoying it can be to deal with software updates and upgrades when you leave it up to the carriers and manufacturers. It’s not a pretty thing, either, when we see carriers like Sprint losing millions of dollars handling Android upgrades. Microsoft is taking charge of its new operating system, Windows Phone 7, by pushing out updates straight to users in the future whenever they become available.

ZDNet talked to Microsoft and the folks up in Redmond, WA said the following:

Microsoft will push Windows Phone 7 software updates to end users and all Windows Phone 7 devices will be eligible for updates.

That’s a pretty clear indication that when it comes to the latest updates and software upgrades for Windows Phone 7, no one will be left behind. It’s also not surprising since Microsoft laid down the rules for its new OS in terms of hardware that will support it, and the minimum technical requirements for hardware.

This is a big, new direction for Microsoft as it looks to re-enter the mobile space to keep up with – if not get ahead – of the current and rising giants, Apple and Google. As if that weren’t enough to worry about, the last thing the software maker needs is fragmentation of its OS and supported apps and hardware, so keeping on track with updates is a good start.

While the Windows Phone 7 launch numbers have been rather paltry so far this week, it shouldn’t really be considered any kind of indicator in terms of its potential for success. After all, word has yet to spread to all consumers – many friends asked me this week if I know anything about the new “Microsoft phones” – and the OS still has plenty of time and opportunities for refinement. And with the holidays coming up, both Microsoft and its hardware partners could see a nice spike in sales.

[Via: ZDNet]

  • Sirasoni

    Nice!

  • Ski

    I’m an iPhone man, but let me say…my contract is up in a few weeks, and I’m really thinking about the Windows Phone 7 Focus…it’s pretty sweet.

    Outside of the Xbox 360, I think Microsoft finally got ahead of a trend and actually is putting out a very sound, engaging product with their OS.

    I’m ready to drop Apple for Microsoft.

  • Ski

    I’m an iPhone man, but let me say…my contract is up in a few weeks, and I’m really thinking about the Windows Phone 7 Focus…it’s pretty sweet.

    Outside of the Xbox 360, I think Microsoft finally got ahead of a trend and actually is putting out a very sound, engaging product with their OS.

    I’m ready to drop Apple for Microsoft.

  • redded

    I made the swtich from iphone to the wp7 myself(samsung focus) and I can vouch its an absolute pleasure using this phone. The Metro UI is snappy and slick! And the integration with online-social life is absolutely amazing. Hope the sales pick up towards Xmas season. Its definitely a brave and refined product(the OS itself) from Microsoft. The Samsung Focus is a great piece of hardware. Decent camera, superAMOLED screen and great touch experience/audio output. Highly recommended!

  • Anonymous

    This is not first time for alll end users will receive updates directly by MSFT..not that msft’s idea.. but it was Danger’s first invent OTA updates directly sidekick users before wp7.

  • http://twitter.com/philipleaper Phil Leaper

    Good to see that there are now 2 credible alternatives to the iPhone – choice is good for everyone, it drives innovation and ultimately gives us (the consumers) the latest and greatest toys quicker and more completely than without. I would say that the android fragmentation issue is a result of offering just this level of choice directly to the phone manufacturers – giving them the opportunity to modify the features of the phone and device compatibility, and put source code back into the Google repositories. This was a shrewd move, an open source approach with the driver of commercial sales pushing it – Google can now take all that they have garnered from this development exercise and create the latest version (2.3 – Gingerbread) where, rumour would have it they are creating a better UI and maintaining a minimum spec – indicating that they may well do away with any manufacturer extras and follow the same principal as MS and Apple, releasing the software direct from Google HQ (as they currently do with the Nexus One).

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