When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

Summary: Microsoft posted a new status-check page for the first two Windows Phone 7 updates at the end of the day on March 23.

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Microsoft posted a new status-check page for the first two Windows Phone 7 updates at the end of the day on March 23.

The page provides update information for the first minor Windows Phone 7 update (the one that bricked some handsets and was temporarily halted), as well as for the first major Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed NoDo. The page lists the various handsets in various geographic locations and specifies where the pending "Februrary" and "March" updates are in the pipeline.

Here's what the WP7 update-status page for the U.S. looks like:

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"Testing" means the software update is undergoing mobile operator network and quality tests. "Scheduling" means operator testing is complete, and Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery. "This phase typically lasts 10 days or less," according to Microsoft. "Delivering update" means Microsoft has started to send out the update," according to the page. New phones, like the Sprint HTC Arrive, already come with the updates preloaded.

Microsoft began rolling out the NoDo update -- which provides copy-and-paste and various search and performance improvements -- to customers in Europe with unlocked phones at the start of this week. Some WP7 users who were prompted to download the update tweeted about its availability, which Microsoft officials confirmed later.

The comments on the March 23 blog post announcing the availability of the status-check page are, for the most part, pretty angry and brutal. As a number of users point out, there's still no information on how long "testing" may take. And if "scheduling" can last up to 10 days, many WP7 users won't get their updates until some time in April, or later.

A lot of the good early press that Windows Phone 7 got last fall has been largely undone by subsequent problems and lack of communication from the company about the update timetable and process. The new phone update page is a step in the right direction. Here's hoping Microsoft has finally ironed out the kinks in its  Windows Phone update process.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

    Man, I love my iPhone. You got to feel sorry for the saps who bought WP7's. I don't know why anyone would go for a second rate knockoff product from Microsoft and OEM's, when they can get the original and best smart phone on the market via Apple. Ignorance is surely bliss for the ABA crowd. Ballmer is laughing all the way to the bank with his ill-gotten gains.
    gtdworak
    • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

      @gtdworak I love my WP7 more than my 3GS. Considering this is the initial release, the future of WP is really bright if Microsoft is committed to it. There's no denying WP is waaaay ahead of where iphone at this stage of its life. If Microsoft is committed, the remaining gaps will be closed soon. In fact, based on the Mango demos I've seen, that will practically be nil by the end of the year.
      frankwick
    • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

      @gtdworak Aren't you just an arrogant son of a bitch? Take your cues from the latest iPhone commercial I see? Typical, for an Apple fanboy.
      Lamerz
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @Lamerz While I happen to love using my iPhone 4 I had considered WP7 when I was looking to upgrade from my iPhone3G... I played with the various models for about an hour and the GUI just did not wow me. And at the time AT&T did not have any viable Android options... the Backflip, really?
        athynz
    • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

      @gtdworak <br>It took AT&T 2 years to allow Apple to enable MMS on iPhone, but more importantly it took:<br><br>1 year for Apple to add an appstore to iPhone. <br>2 years for Apple to just add cut/copy/paste. <br>3 years for Apple to add multitasking. <br>4 years for Apple to offer iPhone on CDMA carriers. <br><br>Carriers didn't need to delay Apple's updates, because Apple was much slower. <br><br>As slow as carriers have been to approve Android and Windows Phone updates, Apple has been much slower at rolling out these same exact updates to their iPhone users.
      cool8man
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @cool8man But this is 2011 we are talking. So would you be ok if Microsoft came up in 2020 with what iPhone was in 2007. You would laugh on it, spit on it, etc etc. MSFT is kinda proving what Steve Jobs said - "Apple was 5 years ahead of competition".

        Except Andriod, which had the luxury of Google CEO sitting on Apple board, to easily copy iPhone, I do not see anything else. As a developer I have seen initial builds and directions of Android, man Blackberry looked 10 years ahead of it.
        browser.
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @cool8man And how many years has Microsoft had mobile phone OSs? Remember the crappy 6.0 and 6.5 versions? And don't we all love the ones before those? WP7 ain't Microsoft's first foray into the mobile world.
        In the past year I've had iPhones and Androids and had considered getting a WP7 to play with, but until Microsoft can get it together I'll stick with the "alternatives".
        alan@...
  • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

    and just think, this all started from some mismatched firmware across a single Samsung model.
    frankwick
  • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

    Good, now people can stop asking. Seems like all the WP7 owners are perfectly happy with the way the WP7 is working right now and is in no rush for the update. Not as big of a deal as ZDNet wants it to be. 4 blog posts on the same thing subject.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

      @Loverock Davidson

      Four blog posts on the same subject, and yet the other bloggers, according to you, are Apple-paid, Microsoft-hating shills. But now that you read it here, it's ok.
      msalzberg
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @msalzberg
        Quite a few of them are known to be Microsoft haters.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @Loverock Davidson

        Huh? They posted the same info as Mary Jo did. How is it good info when she posts it, yet Microsoft-hating when Adrian posts it?

        We all understand that you are a Microsoft shill. But posting opposite comments on the same data makes you look even more foolish than usual.
        msalzberg
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @msalzberg
        Exactly my point. We don't need 4 blog posts telling us the same information. Its good that after 4 blog posts people now know the Microsoft update schedule. I'm not posting opposite comments, you should read my posts before you make comments like that. Every one of my comments says this is a good thing, but its the individual bloggers who are posting with hatred about it except MJF.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @msalzberg Yeah, Pogue, Mossberg, and so on. So?
        Lamerz
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @Loverock

        RE: Where's your Windows Phone 7 update?
        The author is known to be a half idiot with logically flawed arguments when it comes to Microsoft technology. If Microsoft can update billions of PCs the moment an update is released, they are also capable of doing it for its phone technology. So please stop this FUD. If you need more clicks to your articles try something else.

        owlnet
        03/24/2011 04:39 AM
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        RE: Where's your Windows Phone 7 update?
        @owlnet
        Well said!

        Loverock Davidson
        03/24/2011 06:24 AM"

        Where in this do you state anything about the information? Your own words show your statement to be untrue.

        Seriously, I have no problem with your trolling Apple blogs, nor do I have a problem with your being a shill. Just don't be a hypocrite.
        msalzberg
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        @msalzberg
        Reading comprehension isn't one of your strong points is it? I agreed with another poster because what he said was true. Not sure where you are going with that comment.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

        Loverock

        "Every one of my comments says this is a good thing"

        Except for the one I quoted.
        msalzberg
  • Man, I really feel sorry for those poor Windows Phone 7 users. All five of

    them.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: When will you finally get your Windows Phone 7 update?

      @DonnieBoy Another arrogant fanboy who feels the need to take out time from his day to crap all over blogs covering a company he hates. Yeah, you're not nuts....
      Lamerz
      • Ok, how many Windows Phone 7 users are there?? Maybe 25?

        NT.
        DonnieBoy