Microsoft is resuming Windows Phone updates for Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus smartphones, even as it prepares for its larger "Mango" update later in 2011.
Microsoft has resumed updates for Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus
smartphones running its Windows Phone software.
"Today we restarted updating Omnia 7 phones," Eric Hautala,
general manager for Microsoft's Customer Experience Engineering unit, wrote in a May 17 posting on The
. "The restart is happening in phases. Go to the Zune software
and manually check for an update."
For those who didn't receive an update May 17, "look again
next Tuesday when we plan to deliver updates to additional Omnia 7 customers."
Those owners of a particular Focus
will not receive their update, however, and Microsoft is offering
no definitive arrival date.
Earlier this year, Microsoft experienced some turbulence in
pushing its first updates to Windows Phone. A small February update, meant to
pave the way for future updates, "bricked" or stalled a small subset of
devices. The larger "NoDo" update, which introduced cut-and-paste functionality
along with faster app loading and other features, also hit
Samsung smartphones in particular seemed to have trouble
receiving and installing Microsoft's updates, forcing the company to halt the
push. Indeed, some of those troubles continue even as Microsoft resumes the
"A small number of people who've already installed the March
-copy and paste' update on their Omnia 7 might have trouble installing 7392,"
Hautala wrote, "but Samsung today published a new tool designed to fix this." A
link to that new Samsung tool is available via a support article posted on a
Even as Microsoft cleans up issues related to its first two
updates, news has started to percolate through the blogosphere about the next
Windows Phone upgrade, codenamed "Mango," due for release later in 2011.
Mango includes productivity enhancements such as the ability
to pin email folders to the smartphone's start screen, search a server for
email items no longer stored on the device, force emails to obey IT
administrators' policies, and threading email replies into a "conversation
view." Users will also have the capability to save and share Office documents via
Office 365 and Windows Live Skydrive.
In addition to those tweaks aimed at businesses, Mango will
introduce more consumer-centric features such as multitasking, Internet
Explorer 9, and a turn-by-turn navigation feature with voice guidance.
New data from The Nielsen Company had 6 percent of consumers
indicating they wanted a Windows Mobile/Windows Phone smartphone as their next
device, compared with 31 percent for Android, 30 percent for Apple's iOS and 11
percent for Research In Motion's BlackBerry. Microsoft likely hopes that
updates and new features to its mobile platform will draw in consumers and
businesses who would otherwise go for those rival smartphones; but given the
lack of definitive consumer-sales numbers, it remains to be seen how much of an
impact Windows Phone is having in the marketplace.