Where’s my (Windows) phone update?

| March 24, 2011 | 45 Replies

Microsoft have released a resource that will sort of help you track down the status of your updates.

The unknown delivers a lot of anxiety, so I think it helps slightly that there’s some concrete information about what exactly is going on with your update than rather vague things such as “Early 2011”. The Windows Phone update schedule though still isn’t very helpful with giving actual dates – though it does state what “phase” that update it in for your carrier.

I feel the pain of having a branded handset. With all the ridiculous regional variants, we don’t all get the same updates at the same ruddy time. What more should Nokia vastly change Windows Phone experience with these added Nokia only features.

Having network variants is preferable from the operators perspective of added customization, but for the consumers it means delays from Nokia/WP making variants, delays from the operator testing, and delays if the tests should fail and Nokia/WP starting all over again. e.g. O2 and the Nokia N97. That never even properly reached O2 shelves. I guess it would be preferable to have delayed updates than have, say, Samsung’s shodiness with support result in Updates bricking your devices.

I’m not sure the grass is that much greener on the greenbot side. I don’t follow it, but I sure also see lots of complaints about “where is 2.2? 2.3?”.

But that’s the path when we want to get these phones on contract/subsidized with a phone plan.

“Stage 1: Testing
The software update is undergoing mobile operator network and quality tests.

Stage 2: Scheduling
Operator testing is complete, and Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery. This phase typically lasts 10 days or less.

Stage 3: Delivering update
Microsoft has started to send out the update. Because updates are typically delivered to customers in batches, it might take several weeks before you receive notice that an update is available for you.”

WPBlog via ZNET


Category: Windows Phone

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