Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 Update Schedule

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As its “NoDo” update woes continue, Microsoft has now made an attempt to at least increase transparency by posting a loose release schedule for the different versions of this problem-plagued Windows Phone 7 update on its website.

This is the first major update to Microsoft’s operating system since it debuted last fall, and there have been a number of problems with it. First off, the company released a small preliminary update last month, but around 10% of Windows hone 7 devices were unable to install it.

This has pushed back the release of the big update, which will bring cut, copy, and paste support. This update usually goes by the code-name NoDo, even though Microsoft is just calling it the March Update in its schedule.

A Loose Schedule
The newly-released chart is organized by all the countries in which Windows Phone 7 devices are available, then by all of the individual WP7 models within that country (which, for the U.S. are Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung). For each of the phones, there are columns for the status of their February update, as well as the status of their March update.

WP7 ScheduleThe schedules are very loose, however, speaking only in general terms, which in turn are defined by broad windows of time. On the chart that lists all of the Windows Phone 7 devices that are awaiting updates, each phone’s update can either be in the testing stage, scheduling stage, or currently being delivered.

Adding to the vagueness are Microsoft’s definitions of the stages. The scheduling stage — which means that operator testing is complete and the update is being scheduled for delivery — is a phase that “typically lasts 10 days or less.” Meanwhile, the delivery phase can last for several weeks before the update reaches certain phones, “because updates are typically delivered to customers in batches.”

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