Let the haters hate. What Microsoft unveiled today was something no one else has done. On on worldwide basis they released a simultaneous update across carriers and devices. The iPhone has avoided this by having a single device for all. Android has ignored this entirely and updates only occur if you’re lucky. As Microsoft notes:
Today we’re starting the roll out of Windows Phone 7.5 to more than 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. This is a simultaneous, coordinated, global update that cuts across carriers, phone models, and countries. This time, almost everybody is going first.
If you’re wondering that 2% make up a few phones (like the Focus 1.4 and DVP) that Microsoft wants to do more testing on before releasing it to the masses. But remember that Microsoft is releasing updates that are specific to your phone. So they are optimized to your carrier for example and optimized to the specific hardware in your device. You can quickly see how many variables they had to deal with as part of this roll out and that’s part of what makes this massive global release so impressive.
We all know that Microsoft had issues with past releases but they clearly have learned from their mistakes. But in the end they proved the naysayers wrongs. Regardless of carrier, location and hardware they pulled off a first in the industry and that’s impressive. And from all accounts, it looks like there’s no looking back for them. Brilliant work and of course, suck it Android because Android rolls out updates like a fat ballerina.
This can be done and this has been done. Well played Microsoft. Now get some new phones on the shelves already.