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Microsoft to skirt carriers with direct Windows 10 phone updates


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One of the most frustrating aspects of updating smartphone software is being forced to wait for carrier approval.

Fortunately, Microsoft wants to bin that entire process, instead promising to handle future updates in-house.

According to a report by Zdnet, the company confirmed it hoped to take over Windows 10 updates for mobile devices.

This means that instead of passing new software builds onto mobile network providers, Microsoft will cut out the middleman and ship the software directly to your smartphone.

It’s in an effort to reduce time between software being finalised, and actually going live on your handset, a process often hampered significantly by carriers – especially on Android devices.

On a Microsoft blog post, the company writes: “Here at Microsoft, we take our responsibility to keep Windows secure seriously. We...proactively update supported devices with necessary updates to address issues.”

It continues: “And today, we’re announcing this continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones.”

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Apple already takes this approach to updates, snubbing carriers for its own software shipping process.

Google, meanwhile, offloads responsibility to carriers for Android, which can mean updates suffer significant delays, potentially creating security risks when bugs and exploits are uncovered in outdated builds.

Microsoft says it will be launching Windows 10 for mobile devices later this year, although no exact release date has been confirmed.


May 18, 2015, 11:56 am

> Here at Microsoft, we take our responsibility to keep Windows secure seriously.

That is proven by which of the 7 *HUNDRED* patches that I had to make to my Windows home computer?

That shows you do NOT care 1 bit about releasing a fully working product... or even
a partially working product.

When WIndows 8 (and 10) begin having *ONE* problem found... per year... then I'll
believe you have a very secure product. But 100s????? Really????


May 18, 2015, 12:31 pm

It's quite annoying that this wastes a lot of space as well, which is expensive on today's SSDs.
A clean Windows 8.1 installation starts at 9Gb, after the initial update grows to 16Gb and within a year has gone up to 30Gb.

On phones storage space is even more valuable and limited and I can see this quickly going out of hand.
I am familiar with ways to keep WinSXS folder cleansed and tidy, but on a i7 PC this takes 1hour+ so I can imagine a phone trying to churn through this cursed folder ...


May 18, 2015, 2:10 pm

You know nothing about technology if you think that anything in software is a final product.
Windows runs across a huge range of different hardware. You can't expect a company to release a product and expect it to not require any updates within 5 years.


May 18, 2015, 2:13 pm

Updates on phones are handled differently.
The updates replace older versions, and any newly downloaded software is deleted after the update has taken place. Also, the updates are usually consolidated into large updates twice a year.
If you used windows phone, you would know this.


May 18, 2015, 5:47 pm

I've never used Windows on a mobile phone and don't intend to, only Android and iOS!

No need to make Microsoft monopolist again, we all know it doesn't end too well.


May 18, 2015, 10:17 pm

What happened last time Microsoft made the same announcement, back in 2010?


May 19, 2015, 1:13 am

I said I've not used it on a MOBILE PHONE, but used on PCs for circa 20 years, from Windows 3.11, NT 3.5, 4.0, Win 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP to 8 and 8.1.
So I have the right to give an opinion now when they are planning to release ONE OS for all devices, including phones.

Of course I've tried it on friends' phones, and think that even the 3% market share it currently has is only a result of Microsoft subsidising it, i.e. paying manufacturers to have it installed on their devices, mainly Nokia, which ended up going out of business.

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