Microsoft plans to take charge when it comes to Windows 10 Mobile updates, rather than waiting on carriers to offer upgrades.
Microsoft has a lot of different versions of Windows 10 incoming, and in the case of the desktop and tablet products, it’s rather firmly in control of when upgrades will land. But what about the upgrade to Windows Phone, now known as Windows 10 Mobile?
In a post on the Microsoft Ignite Blog, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson laid out Microsoft’s plans quite clearly, stating that Windows 10 would have a “continuous update” process, rather than regular patches. Which you might expect for the desktop/tablet products, but this also, apparently applies to Windows 10 Mobile as well, with Myerson explicitly stating that “this continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones”.
ZDNet reached out to Microsoft for clarification, and it appears that Microsoft’s plan is for carriers to gain access to early upgrade builds prior to deployment, but that the final delivery of upgrades will come from within Redmond’s halls, not those of the telcos.
Microsoft has been down this path before. Back when it flipped from Windows Mobile 6.5 to Windows Phone, it was adamant that, like Apple’s approach to iOS, it and not the carriers would control the pace of and delivery of upgrades. That clearly didn’t happen, so it will be fascinating who actually ends up in control of future Windows 10 Mobile upgrades.