Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

Summary: Microsoft is still be trying to figure out how to get mobile right, but they took a big step today in providing an online status resource for their WP7 updates.

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Keeping silent or being vague is not a helpful strategy for pleasing customers and I have been feeling pretty frustrated with Microsoft for their lack of specific details regarding the pre-NoDo and NoDo update. That has now changed thanks to Microsoft's latest Windows Phone Blog post announcing a great new online resource that gives you the status of the update for your WP7 device.

Microsoft just started rolling out the copy/paste update to selected devices and neither of my WP7 devices has even the first update. I am pretty happy with my Dell Venue Pro and HD7 and am not leaving WP7 just because I don't have the update, but I would like to be better informed about the update status. Thus, this new site is MUCH appreciated and I now see that both of my devices are in the second stage and I haven't missed the first update.

As you can see on the resource page, there are no US Windows Phone 7 device that yet have the updates, except for the Sprint HTC Arrive that launches with it out of the box.

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  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

    I'm very pissed that it take atleast a month more to get the update on my Samsung Focus. This is ridiculous.
    5ri
    • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

      @5ri
      Just can't wait for that copy/paste huh? I have it on my smartphone and never use it, but is nice to have if I ever needed it.
      OhTheHumanity
    • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

      @5ri - then just be glad you're not using an Android device which, on average, had to wait 7 months to get Froyo.
      bitcrazed
  • I think like everyone with a Windows Phone 7..

    Wishes that MS sidestepped the operators at this point for breaking their agreement and pushed the update out via Zune desktop software. What?s more, MS have shown no remorse about their lack of timely updates, they have only shown pandering to the mobile operators who quite frankly at this rate will delay these updates just enough to "tempt" people into simply upgrading their handsets to get the newer features, now wouldn?t that be a shame for the operators?! So over 11,000 apps now and things should be good for the platform but this is literally killing all the groundswell early adopter good will and patience, it?s a real shame.
    GP101
    • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

      @GP101 - whereupon the carrer could quickly and easily ban those handsets, contact affected customers and offer them replacement non-WP7 devices and sue Microsoft for releasing a software update that had not been certified for use on their network.
      bitcrazed
    • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

      @GP101
      "Whats more, MS have shown no remorse about their lack of timely updates, they have only shown pandering to the mobile operators who quite frankly at this rate will delay these updates just enough to "tempt" people into simply upgrading their handsets to get the newer features, now wouldnt that be a shame for the operators?! "

      Okay, let's get this straight: carriers don't really want you to buy a new phone. They don't. Whether it is an upgrade or a no commitment purchase, they don't want to sell you a new phone. Every new phone they sell, they lose money on the deal, even at the no commitment price it is still a net loss. They only reason they offer specials on the phones is because that is the only way they can get people to commit to expensive service contracts. The idea that they want you to buy a new phone every 1-2 years is simply wrong, what they would like is for you to buy a phone once and then use it forever, never having to buy another one. They don't like selling hardware and they do it only because they can't get people to sign up for service. If they could attract customers without losing money on phone sales they would do it in a heartbeat.
      Doctor Demento
  • Couldn't disagree more

    This is not what we need and is yet another smoke screen to attempt to quell the anger that a huge proportion of WP7 pioneers are feeling.

    What we need is for the update process to work as promised by Microsoft when WP7 was marketed to the masses.

    This is simply not good.

    I am a long time Microsoft devotee, please see blog post on this issue http://www.bondigeek.com/blog/2011/03/24/windows-phone-update-what-a-complete-balls-up/ and I am finding this whole thing monumentally disappointing.

    BondiGeek
    BondiGeek
  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

    Finally a blog post that gives Microsoft credit instead of shunning them. The WP7 chart is good. People are in too much of a hurry to get this update but Microsoft wants to make sure its ready.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

      @Loverock Davidson

      ... LOL ... LOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

      what does it feel to defend some undefendable chore?

      hahahahahahahah
      scoobbs1
  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

    Update can't be loaded Over The Air (OTA) either. Pretty sad. Hope that get that figured out as part of their Partnership with Nokia was to make the Nokia hardware better. Lots of folks with Nokia have gotten used to OTA updates. MS makes you attach your Phone to your PC with a cable and then download the update. Cutting edge, it is NOT !
    jkohut
  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, this WP7 update status resource is just what I needed

    well, isn't this what Apple does? conect the Iphone to the mac! do not hear too many people complain about that. it would be nice though it if could be OTA like in Android" and by the way I have been getting the updates for my NEXUS ONE" very consistent,currently running Gingerbread" not sure if this has had something to do with it not being branded" anyway my HTC UNLOCKED MOZART" has not gotten this update yet, not sure when it will happen since the phone doe not belong to any carrier here in the US, but when I get it, I hope that it makes my phone work better, since this is somethig basic on other phones
    purrungas