Windows 10, the latest iteration of Microsoft's flagship operating system, began rolling out to PCs and tablets in July of this year. It was one of the largest across the board upgrades in the company's history. But the launch was not without its difficulties. Since the original July push, Windows 10 has been plagued by reports of persistent bugs, and hampered by performance issues that had some wondering if the operating system was truly ready for the open market. Microsoft was quick to respond, rolling out a steady stream of updates and fixes that addressed most, if not all, of their customer's concerns. Still, the ongoing problems called into question the eventual release of the mobile version of Windows 10, and many began to wonder if Microsoft would choose to delay its launch or keep to their original timetable. Well, the verdict is in, and Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 for mobile remains on schedule for its worldwide launch in December, despite the presence of some lingering bugs.
No Further DelaysIn advance of the December roll out, Microsoft has been concentrating on fixing any bugs that have been uncovered in the various test builds of Windows 10 for Mobile. Basic improvements have been made to forestall any of the problems that plagued the desktop and tablet versions of the operating system. Cortana has been upgraded to provide better support for users in Japan, as well as for English speakers in Australia and Canada. Windows messaging app now supports the full range of Unicode's diversity emojis, and an expanding text box has been added to provide a better user experience. Apps can now be launched from a flash SD card, and the camera app has been fixed so that it no longer crashes when used in tandem with other smartphone applications.
While many of the bugs in Windows 10 for Mobile have been addressed, a few still remain that will have to be addressed with further updates following the initial roll out. Chief among these is a bug that causes phones running anything other than Windows 8.1 to freeze during the upgrade to the new build. Rather than force a delay of the release, Microsoft has decided to go ahead with the launch of Windows 10, but as a single update from Windows Phone 8.1. While this doesn't exactly delay the release of Windows 10, it will limit its availability until developers design a final fix for the problem.
Microsoft Will Control the Roll OutIn the run up to the release of Windows 10 for Mobile, there had been some debate as to who would control the actual roll out of the update itself. In the past, wireless carriers tended to handle system updates. However, that typically led to delays, with users sometimes waiting months to receive an upgrade. With Windows 10, Microsoft has opted to handle the release themselves. While carriers will be kept in the loop, and will provide some much needed testing and feedback, the ultimate decision of when to push an update will rest with Microsoft and they will handle that push themselves. This should ensure that updates, and potential bug fixes, reach the public in a timely manner. In a recent statement Microsoft explained their reasons for taking control of ongoing updates, stating “Delivering Windows 10 as a service means we can offer ongoing security updates, new features and capabilities – we'd like to make sure people can get access to the latest Windows updates as soon as they are available”. This may be a response to the problems Microsoft encountered with the PC and tablet versions of Windows 10. By taking control of the updates, the company can address bugs and security issues quicker and more effectively.
Despite a rocky start, Windows 10 for Mobile remains on schedule for its December roll out. The first handsets to receive the upgrade with be the new Lumia models that are set to go on sale in November. Following that initial push, Microsoft's latest operating system will begin rolling out to all smartphones currently running Windows 8.1. Subsequent updates will address any lingering bugs within the operating system, and Microsoft promises to push those updates out to the public as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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