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Windows Phone 7 Update Jams Some Phones 177

CWmike writes "Microsoft's first Windows Phone 7 update is apparently causing some users' phones to not work. Microsoft has advised at least one person to take his device into a store for a fix. The company's WindowsPhoneSupport Twitter account shows the responses to a variety of queries from users who have experienced problems over the last half-day. Microsoft released the update on Monday but played it down. The update was designed only 'to improve the software update process itself,' wrote Michael Stroh on the Windows Team Blog. One user, Alex Roebuck, wrote on Twitter that the update had bricked his Samsung Omnia 7. 'We're very sorry for the inconvenience,' Microsoft responded on Twitter. 'For this issue we would suggest taking it to a store.'"
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Windows Phone 7 Update Jams Some Phones

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  • NOK is in trouble. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RyuuzakiTetsuya ( 195424 ) <.ten.xoc. .ta. .ikiat.> on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @09:12PM (#35286276)

    This is the user experience with Windows Phone 7?


    Nokia's in serious serious shit.

    I hope that Nokia can help iron out problems like this before they launch WP7 devices.

  • the update had bricked his Samsung Omnia 7. 'We're very sorry for the inconvenience,' Microsoft responded on Twitter. 'For this issue we would suggest taking it to a store.'"

    After all, that's where the Returns counter is, right?

    According to some comments on the mini microsoft blog [], between 50% and 80% of what few WP7 phones are being bought end up being returned, so take a number, and get in line ...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @09:45PM (#35286482)

    Agreed. Don't let the fact that it's been narrowed down to two particular firmware versions on one phone get in the way of the fun!

  • Re:Version 1 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @10:58PM (#35286890) Homepage Journal

    Yea it isn't like Microsoft has been producing Phone OSs for the last ten plus years! I mean they are new to this market... Oh..... Wait Windows phone 7... Humm....

  • Re:Version 1 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Wednesday February 23, 2011 @10:51AM (#35290034) Homepage Journal

    Yes Microsoft has come out with some good products like the XBox and the flight sim series. I will even give Office it's due except that it has created a virtual monopoly but Excel is actually really good Access is just Evil. Powerpoint is tool of unlimited evil and boredom and Word is well Word.. That and the document formats are terrible.
    IE, Outlook, Visual Basic, and MFC all should be considered crimes IMHO.

    WP7 the first real phone OS? Really? What about Windows Mobile? What about WIndows Mobile 6.5 that Microsoft is still selling? I am not going to give Microsoft any slack for WP7. It right now is a non-completive product in my opinion. First of all let me say one thing. announced features are not real. If it isn't shipping it doesn't count.
    WP7 does not have multitasking or even task switching like WebOS, IOS, and Android.
    WP7 does not have free turn by turn navigation like Android.
    The mobile browser on it is not as good as IOS, Android, or even WebOS and Symbian's.
    It lacks the Enterpise management features of BlackBerry OS and even IOS.
    I do not know what is in the new update so I will say that at launch it also didn't have even cut and paste and custom ring tones.
    Microsoft has had four years to answer the iPhone and three to answer Android and this is what they came up with? Really the largest software company in the world and this is all they came up with. Let us not forget that they bought and destroyed Danger as well. Microsoft entered the smartphone market back when it was only Palm and Symbian. They sat and didn't innovate and now they have not even caught up. Throw in the disaster that was the Kin as well and I must ask why give them any slack? I don't get it. If say Sony or Nokia had come up with this OS at this time people would be laughing in their face.
    If I was a on the Microsoft Board I would outraged at the current state of affairs.
    Considering the time and resources that they had to work with they should have come up with a phone OS that would be an world beater and frankly it is an also ran with a pretty face. I will say the UI isn't bad and was very fast when I used it. But the OS is feature incomplete.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982