Back in the times with Windows Phone, some users had to wait weeks and even months for some Updates Microsoft had published already but the Carrier you had your phone subscription from had not approved the Update from Microsoft yet. There was of course the way to flash a non branded firmware on your phone so that you are getting firmware updates right after Microsoft has released them but that’s of course not a good way to receive updates on a regular basis. Now with Windows 10 Mobile it seems like Microsoft has invested quite some time in fixing this problem and chances are good that you will not need to wait for future Windows 10 Mobile updates anymore with both branded and unbranded Windows Smartphones.
Previously, with Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft had to send every new Build of the operating system to mobile carriers in order so that they are able to test it on their network. If a firmware would not be working on a network, the result could be battery drain or even network drops would be possible with that. So there was no way around for the company to release these updates to Carrier first before users could install them and that resulted in endless waiting since carriers didn’t really care about Microsoft’s operating system. However, it seems like Microsoft has found a way around that and is now delivering Updates directly to the user without the carriers approval on Windows 10 Mobile
The problem with new Builds earlier was, that a feature called ‘Radio Stack’ was also implemented in the system core so that it couldn’t be updated individually. Now in Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft has removed Radio Stack from the core of the operating system and they can update this part of Windows 10 Mobile easier and also after the build has been released. So now Carriers are only testing new versions of Windows 10 Mobile if the Radio Stack feature gets updated by Microsoft, tough the company can not completely lock out carriers from the update process but this should definitely speed things up a bit.
There is still one question remaining tough, how fast will we receive Windows 10 Mobile on your current carrier branded Windows Phone 8.1 devices and the thing is that this update needs to be tested by Carriers since the Radio Stack feature will change with this update but once this passes certification it will be a better update experience.
So what do you think of this very nice move Microsoft has done here? Drop me a comment below with your opinion on that and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.