It’s been just about a week since the Mango juices started flowing out of Redmond and began bringing Microsoft’s latest operating system update to users of Windows Phone 7. After the jerky update process NoDo went through, the speed and relative ease at which we were seeing users receive Mango was a breath of fresh air. Now, Microsoft is updating users on the status of the distribution, announcing the speeding-up of its release, now on its way to a solid half of WP7 handsets.
Microsoft has been randomly choosing which phones get updates when, and then gathering reports on the success (or not) of those installations. By sampling from the entirety of its user base like that, the company has been able to do the equivalent of a “soak test” without having to limit the update’s exposure to just one subgroup of users.
The only thing holding back total distribution of Mango is a desire to double-check the update statistics for smaller carriers, where problems might only be affecting a handful of users.
So, good news: more people getting Mango soon, faster than before. Bad news: can’t say just when that will be for everyone. All told, though, Microsoft looks to be doing a largely stellar job this time around; let’s keep it up!