More info about the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update

According to Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman the upcoming application loading speed boost, which is part of the first Windows Phone 7 update coming out next month, will principally affect applications and games that store most of their data on the device’s memory and not so much apps that rely on fetching data from the cloud. He just stating the obvious here but it’s good to at least have an “official word” on this given that I have already seen people commenting and hoping that Microsoft was actually implementing 3rd party application multi-tasking or some other nonsense like. Games like The Harvest or Need For Speed will see up to 20% in loading speed improvements just by applying this OS update. Now if only devs handled Tombstoning better in their applications things would be perfect I guess (well it would be even better if MS supplied a full blown Tombstoning API so that everybody can easily implement..). One last thing thought:

Microsoft then tests how the updates will go out to those devices, both through Microsoft’s software updating process, and through the carriers.

I’m frankly getting tired of repeating myself on this subject but let it be clear again: Updates DON’T GO OUT through the carriers. The update scan & notification (OTA) and update download and installation are only done through Microsoft’s servers. Nothing is done through the carriers network.

via: cnet

  • Anonymous

    “I’m frankly getting tired of repeating myself on this subject but let it be clear again: Updates DON’T GO OUT through the carriers.”

    Two questions:

    1) Do you think this irritates carriers, who will no longer be able to hold customers hostages with respect to updates. I’ve always had the suspicion that they hold updates from customers in order force hardware upgrades.

    2) Has MS truly implemented a standard for hardware requirements that insures that updates will not interfere with the customized ROMs that come with the phones. I’m aware of cooked ROMs, but I’ve never been brave enough to experiment with them, so I’m basically wondering if, lets say, a factory ROM (and it’s carriers updates) are crucial for stability.

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    1) Carriers are getting an undisclosed $$ cut for every application sold on the Marketplace (MS pays them out of the 30% they get..). So this is Microsoft’s way of appeasing them. Your suspicion is right, but ever since the iPhone came out things have change a little (carriers have no way to stop Apple’s updates). Holding an OS Update has become a really bad PR move now. WP7 is sort of a mix between Apple and Android. Carriers are allowed to put up to 60Mb of crap on devices they sell, and get a cut out of the marketplace but everything else is controlled by MS.

    2) Right now every single WP7 device on the market has exactly the same specs (besides memory amount, screen size, and camera) so the updates coming out this year will work on all of them. Regarding the customized carrier roms: they aren’t really customized like they were before. The OS is totally identical on all device (carriers can’t touch it) so the only thing different is the pre-installed apps (which are independent form the firmware and OS and can be deleted by the user at any time) and the Radio stack which is part of the firmware (but this is usually handle by the OEM). Their are now cooked roms for WP7 yet and you shouldn’t expect to see many of them (if at all) in the future. Stability of the carrier and no-carrier branded firmware shouldn’t be any issue either because everything is test by Microsoft before being released.

  • yovaman

    I’m not totally agree, I was talking about this with one of the WP7 Platform chiefs in Microsoft Spain an she tells me that carriers have some check process before the update are available for users. She doesn’t tell me datails about what carrier need to check in the update but the fact is that carriers have to check something.

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