Microsoft Botches Samsung Windows Phone 7 Updates
More bad news for Redmond: Windows Phone 7 updates for Samsung phones have been experiencing hiccups. The long-anticipated update that would bring the much-needed copy-paste feature has actually resulted in temporarily bricked phones. What is going on?
According to Engadget, Microsoft has asked users experiencing issues to remove their battery and reboot their phones, and not reapply the failed update. In fact, Microsoft asked all Samsung Windows Phone 7 users to not update until things are ironed out.
That’s pretty sad, coming from Microsoft, and it’s not exactly great news for new partner Nokia, which will be running Windows Phone 7 on its phones. Plus, it still begs the question why copy-paste wasn’t included in the first iteration of Windows Phone 7. Android and iOS have supported this feature for a while now. What’s more, Nokia’s own Symbian mobile OS had copy-paste, so using Windows 7 seems like a bit of a downgrade for Nokia. Regardless, Microsoft’s strategy for Windows Phone 7 has been disastrously slow and behind the curve, despite whatever built-in social media features come with the phone. You can check out my review of Windows Phone 7 here, and my critique of Microsoft’s mobile strategy here.
Personally, I think Microsoft should drop Windows Phone 7 altogether and focus on its core competencies: desktop operating systems, Office, Exchange and making good software that runs on iOS and Android (now that would be a hoot, wouldn’t it?).
But I’m not kidding myself: I know more than a few people who would happily buy Office without hesitation if it was available for the iPad. Microsoft, surely you know there’s a demand for that.