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Windows Mobile to finally get frequent updates?

updated 11:40 am EDT, Tue April 14, 2009

Win Mo Device Update Job

A Microsoft job listing for a Lead Software Development Engineer hint that the company is planning to greatly simplify updates for Windows Mobile devices. Proposing a new service known as Device Update, Microsoft envisions owners receiving patches and feature updates through a single, simple utility, as with Windows Update. It would also have rare remote features, such as pushing updates to family members' phones.

No mention is made of how soon the software will be available, though Windows Mobile 6.5 is due to be finalized this month, making Windows Mobile 7 the most likely candidate for the Device Update feature.

Microsoft calls the development of the service a response to "several competitors playing in the field" and is now often thought to be lagging behind Android, OS X iPhone, Symbian and others due in no small part to the static nature of Windows Mobile. At present, nearly all Windows Mobile updates have to be installed as part of large firmware upgrades that have to receive approval from carriers before they can appear on devices. The delay often results in just one or two updates appearing for a given phone, and in some cases prevents any updates at all despite the handset being compatible.

Systems like the iPhone's link with iTunes allow Apple to regularly issue patches or add new features independently of carriers and have been used to add components like the iTunes Music Store and Google Street View outside of major release cycles. [via Ars Technica]

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I guarantee that if Microsoft is just hiring now for a software feature as big as a centralized OS/patching facility in WM7, at least one of the following will happen:

    1) Windows Mobile 7 will be released closer to 2011.

    2) Windows Mobile 7 will be on schedule but will end up bricking a lot of phones when the first OS update is released.

    or 3) WM7 will be late and still brick phones!

    Luckily Microsoft and its hardware manufacturers and the cell carriers have a circular finger pointing mechanism in place so when the phones fail on the first OS update, customers will first complain to the carrier, who will point to the hardware vendor, who will point to Microsoft.

    AWESOME model of openness there Steve Ballmer.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    of type "epic"

  1. karmatose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WM6.5 is sweet

    I've been playing with WM 6.5 for the last few days on my HTC Touch and it's quite a giant step forward from WM 6.1. You don't really need to use a stylus anymore and it's a lot faster. PIE is superb, but Opera still is preferred.

    It'll be interesting to see what the future has for Windows Mobile.

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