Windows Phone 7 users – like Stewart – will be pleased to find out that the latest update, Mango, will hit their phone sometime soon after Microsoft has confirmed that it has been sent to Telstra, Optus and Vodafone today.
All three, according to iTech Report, have approved the update before Microsoft rolled it out in order to avoid a long wait between updates – something which has long plagued the Android ecosystem.
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango brings hundreds of new features for developers to include into their applications. For consumers, it will bring an updated browser (Internet Explorer 9) and more social networking integration.
Microsoft has said that only 10% of phones will receive the update now, and then will expand to 25 percent then 100 percent of all phones. It says that it wants to ensure that the update does not create any hassles.
“Delivering Windows Phone 7.5 simultaneously to so many phone models and carriers requires the right engineering balance. Speed is a priority—but so is quality. We’re not just delivering our new operating system but also new software supplied by individual handset makers,” Eric Hautala, General Manager for Customer Experience Engineering wrote in a blog post.
“If a problem comes to light, it’s critical that we can isolate and fix it quickly. So we’re deliberately starting out slow.”
Users will see a pop-up notification when there is an update for their phone. Users, however, cannot download the update over-the-air (and given it would be a large file, you don’t want to go over your data limit and pay an hefty fee), instead Microsoft is directing you to use the Zune software or Windows Phone 7 Connector for the Mac and go to the Update Central page.