Windows Phone isn’t exactly the platform that gets updates in a timely manner. There’s a heck of a time lapse involved, as users get updates depending on the specific Windows handset they’re currently using. For instance, the AT&T version of the Lumia 1020, which was once a flagship device, recently got the Lumia Denim update that was announced long back in September 2014. From now on, this could all change with the introduction of the Windows 10 Mobile, says Microsoft.
Since the launch of the Windows Phone platform back in 2010, Microsoft promised that it would have total control over the update process, ignoring carriers if necessary. However in reality, the Windows maker has clearly not lived up to that promise, especially in the case involving U.S. carriers. Eventually, leaving users of their flagship Windows Phone device running an obsolete version of the OS.
“Here at Microsoft, we take our responsibility to keep Windows secure seriously. And today, we’re announcing this continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones,” reads a post from Microsoft’s Windows Blog.
ZDNet further confirms, citing a Microsoft spokesperson that the above statement applies to all Windows Phone devices, whether personal or business. And the new update process will be conforming with the update process for Windows 10 on PCs.
Hence in the future, if you’re an owner of a device running Windows 10 Mobile, it should get all the updates, with Microsoft having the final call at their at disposal as to when they would want to hit the update button, removing carrier barriers out of the way, thereby reducing events that lead to fragmentation.
Existing Windows Phone 8.1 users will technically be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile at launch. Though, the annoying bit is the fact that carriers will largely be responsible for pushing out these updates, implying it could take a heck of a long time for some to get these updates.
Let’s hope Microsoft’s new initiative to provide timely updates with Windows 10 Mobile goes as planned, as existing users have to wait for months and months to receive a big important update.