If you, like me, have a Windows Phone and are wondering just when you'll get a message telling you that an update is available, fear not. Already we have two updates for Microsoft's new mobile OS. The first was released back in February and simply contained an update to the phone update process itself. Ther second update contains the much requested cut and paste and some bug fixes and general OS improvements.
Many people have yet to receive any notification that even the first of these two updates is available to them.
Now Microsoft have published details of when mobile carriers worldwide will be issuing the updates to consumers. The website which you can find here categorises each update as being in Testing, Scheduling or Delivery.
The testing phase doesn't carry a time-limit though it's widely agreed that this should be one month maximum. The website defines the scheduling phase as typically lasting 10 days or less, though personal experience has taught me that this phase can go on for much longer depending on which carrier you are with.
The website covers carriers worldwide, though has a seperate page of information for users in the US where the updates are listed by handset rather than carrier.
The website isn't a difinitive guide as even when an update is in the delivery phase it could still take several weeks for carriers to deliver the update with Microsoft. The problems users of Samsung handsets received with the first update roll-out, where to up 10% of updated handsets had to be returned to the carrier to be reset, will have slowed matters considerably as this is a very time-consuming and costly process, and there would be some debate about where the blame and, therefore the final bill, would end. Whether this be with the carrier, handset manufacturer (in this case Samsung) or with Microsoft for their coding.
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