Windows Phone 7's Big Update Not For January - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
Commentary
1/27/2011
12:30 AM
Ed Hansberry
Ed Hansberry
Commentary
50%
50%

Windows Phone 7's Big Update Not For January

A lot of sites, this one included, have been reporting since November that Microsoft was planning to release a big update for its new platform, including the much anticipated copy and paste feature. It is pretty obvious as this point that January will come and go with nary an update in sight.

A lot of sites, this one included, have been reporting since November that Microsoft was planning to release a big update for its new platform, including the much anticipated copy and paste feature. It is pretty obvious as this point that January will come and go with nary an update in sight.Way back in October, Microsoft's Andy Lees confirmed that copy and paste would be coming the platform and it would happen in "early 2011." Of course, early doesn't equate to January but that date stuck, at least in online reporting.

In early December, developers got a preview of the update and it included copy and paste, as well as some smaller updates. A January release didn't seem unreasonable. Because Microsoft never really committed to January, no one would get too upset if the real release was February, or maybe even March. I am not sure that being 25 percent through the year constitutes "early" but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

I wouldn't count on March though. On Wednesday, Microsoft's Greg Sullivan said the update would be coming "in a few months." That rules out February as that is "next" month. Technically March is a "couple of months" away, not a few. Are we really looking at April for this?

Apple released the iPhone 4 in June. The 4.0.1 update was released in July and in August 4.0.2 followed. These were minor bug fixes, but fixes nonetheless. In September, a semi-major update was released as 4.1, which included the Game Center and HDR pictures. November then brought us 4.2 and earlier this month, the beta for 4.3 was released. Apple is averaging one update every two months or so. That keeps the user base excited and the platform fresh.

Windows Phone 7 is now four months old without so much as a bug fix. For some, being unable to connect to a WiFi router with a hidden SSID is a show stopper. This was discovered by users very early on and it remains unfixed. Copy and paste of course is still missing in action.

I don't care what language was used when the update was first discussed, no one ever thought it would be six months later, or more, before it was released. To stay in the game, Microsoft not only needs to have a compelling OS, which according to 93 percent of current owners, it does. It also needs to move at the same speed as its competitors to keep user's desires for more features and less bugs satiated.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
News
How to Create a Successful AI Program
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  10/14/2020
News
Think Like a Chief Innovation Officer and Get Work Done
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  10/13/2020
Slideshows
10 Trends Accelerating Edge Computing
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  10/8/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
Video
Current Issue
[Special Report] Edge Computing: An IT Platform for the New Enterprise
Edge computing is poised to make a major splash within the next generation of corporate IT architectures. Here's what you need to know!
Slideshows
Flash Poll