Microsoft claims nothing has changed in regards to Windows Phone update process

Daniel Bader

January 8, 2012 8:59 am


Oops. Yesterday we told you that Microsoft was altering the way it administers updates to Windows Phone, no longer forcing carriers to acquiesce to an update if they didn’t feel it was in their customers’ best interests (as if that would ever be the case).

Turns out it was just a false alarm. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the blog post was taken out of context. “Nothing has changed in regard to how we work with carriers to deliver Windows Phone updates to our customers,” said Greg Sullivan to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. If a carrier chooses not to push a particular update to its customers, it will be bundled into the next big update. So, if the disappearing keyboard bug fix isn’t pushed to Rogers, Telus and Bell customers this go-round, it’s because it will be bundled into the next major Windows Phone release, likely Tango, in the first half of this year.

That being said, it’s still concerning to see how much influence the carriers have over the various operating system updates on which we rely so dearly. In this age of disjointed Android updates, Windows Phone was seen as the relief. Instead, it’s Apple that emerges victorious in their update process, which is completely carrier-independent.

Source: ZDNet

  • Paul Q

    Hey now.

  • Plazmic

    This is where Microsoft fails, they should go the Apple route. How the hell would let a carrier decide if customers get bug fix updates on their device? Stoopid.

  • Stacy

    *deletes MS from her favorites*

  • freestaterocker

    I’m just glad I’ll be getting the keyboard fix… I’m chained to this HD7 for the next 2½ years unless I come into a large sum of money. Kinda hoping I do cuz I wants me a 900…

  • Mike123

    Google and Microsoft should learn from Apple, Any Android and Windows Phone should act like a PC, since they are not phones any more, all updates must come from OS vendor, and Carriers should be prohibited to tell tamper with that process.

  • Andy c

    Like it or not currently only apple has the power to dictate terms to the carriers. Just look at the hack job Verizon did to the galaxy nexus (Verizon branding on the exterior, Verizon apps pre installed)

    • Sub-Joker

      That phone is different that the normal (international) Nexus that we see in Canada. The phone runs on CDMA and LTE networks while all the other GN are compatible with the HSPA+ networks only and GSM frequencies only. so either ways it’s the Verizon model.
      What i’m trying to say, that phone is released to verizon as a special version of the nexus. since Verizon is growing fast, they do have power at the moment to do such a thing. but I don’t think carriers like AT&T or T-mobile will do much to the stock phone when it’s released there (that’s of course if it is released there).

  • shaggyskunk

    So if you get internet from a Carrier, THEY should decide when you get a security update on YOUR computer too??? The Carriers should realize that they are nothing more than service providers, and WE are the Customers! We can change the carrier that serves OUR needs…. Carriers a getting too big for their Britches!!

  • Andy c

    Subjoker.

    There was a “Verizon” version of the iPhone 4. It runs cdma frequencies that are unique to verizon.

    It does not ship with Verizon branding or have verizon apps pre installed.

    Trust me, I think it sucks as much as the next person, but only apple has the cout to avoid such crap

  • EvanK

    Why does every Photo of Steve Ballmer come out looking so terrible?