Windows Phone 7 update now trackable
Microsoft is doing some advance work that is currying customer satisfaction -- by launching a "Where's my phone update?" site for Windows Phone 7 users who are eagerly awaiting the newest software upgrades.
With an update for its mobile operating system rolling out with some bumps and mishaps, the site breaks down future software updates by device in the U.S. and by operator in other countries.
The software rollouts are broken into three stages: "Testing" means the update is being assessed by mobile network operators, "Scheduling" means Microsoft is deciding on a release date for the update (usually within 10 days, according to the website), and "Delivery update" means updates are available to customers.
However, even when an update is in the delivery phase, "it might take several weeks before you receive notice that an update is available for you," the site warns.
In the U.S., updates for the HTC Surround, the LG Quantum and the Samsung Focus are in the "testing" phase, while those for the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro in the "scheduling" stage.
The current "NoDo" update for Windows Phone 7 includes copy-and-paste capability, easier browsing functionality, better syncing with Facebook and other performance enhancements.
-- Shan Li
Photo: The HTC HD7, which is listed in the "scheduling" phase of a software update. Credit: Microsoft Corp.