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Microsoft Taking 'Patient' Route to Distributing Updates

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Apr 13, 2011, 12:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft's Joe Belifiore today admitted that the system updates offered to Windows Phone 7 devices so far have fallen short of the company's expectations. "We had expected it to be earlier than now," said Belfiore at Microsoft's MIX 2011 conference in Las Vegas. Microsoft began pushing an update in February that was meant to prepare WP7 devices for future updates. That update itself didn't roll out smoothly, and caused problems for some handsets. Once Microsoft believed those problems to be solved, it began the more sigtnificant NoDo update, which adds copy-and-paste and other features. It ran into problems with that update, too. "We felt it would be better to be a little bit patient, make sure that when we get updates out that they would happen reliably, and unfortunately that caused a delay in getting things out," Belfiore commented. Microsoft believes that future updates will be rolled out more successfully. As of today, WP7 devices running on AT&T's networt — HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus — have yet to receive the NoDo update. The next major update, Mango, won't be pushed out until later this year.

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