Microsoft has been at the mercy of wireless carriers when it comes to releasing over-the-air updates for Windows Phone 8.1. Now a new report claims Microsoft will have much more control over the update button for Windows 10 Mobile devices.
The report comes from ZDNet's Ed Bott, who said that a statement that Microsoft made earlier this month about how its "continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones" will apply to both Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, according to what a Microsoft spokesperson told him.
These updates will include new features, along with bug fixes and security bulletins. Bott wrote:
"If your phone is running Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft says, it will get all updates, with Microsoft making the final call on when to push the update button."
"That doesn't mean the carriers are completely out of the loop. The Windows Insider program will continue after the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, which means anyone who registers with the Insider program can get early access to updates with new features. The carriers will be part of that testing program, I'm told, probably getting access to builds at the same time as Microsoft's Elite Dogfood group and their input will help Microsoft decide when an update is ready to go out to all devices."
"But those updates will be delivered simultaneously, to all devices on all carriers, meaning much less opportunity for fragmentation."
The bad news? Owners of Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones, while they will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, will still have to wait until their carrier releases that update. That may mean they could have to wait for months unless they join the Windows Insider program.