How Will Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 “Enthusiast” Update Program Work?
Back when Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 8, we heard about some changes to how updates would be delivered to users’ phones, including the start of OTA updates. Perhaps in response to the feedback the company got from users frustrated that their carriers were delaying the release of otherwise finished updates, Microsoft also revealed a program wherein registered “enthusiasts” could get early access to that code. We’ll be getting the full picture in just a short amount of time, with the platform nearly ready to launch, but in the meantime, a few more rumored details have arrived, attempting to describe just how the system will work.
Admittedly, this isn’t much in the way of new info, but seeing how contentious updates have become, we figure any news is good news. Citing Redmond sources, Windows Phone Italy describes this as a purely pull-based system. That is, even registered users won’t get new updates automatically, and will have to log in and download themselves. That will supposedly be managed through your Microsoft account. Just as we’d expect this kind of access to updates will only be available for Windows Phone 8, and there won’t be an equivalent system for future Windows Phone 7.8 releases. The most important detail is also mentioned again here, that these updates will be available in advance of carrier distribution.
We can’t wait to get the full story on all this, as we imagine it’s going to make more than a few of you very happy.