So much for the easy, streamlined Windows Phone update process. The first update roll-out was a disaster. The second one is more like a riddle. One that required this post.
Much like when you buy a PC online, you’ll be able to see when the update is being tested and packaged, when it’s about to ship, and when it’s “left the warehouse.” We’ll update the site once a week with the latest status changes.
That’s exactly what I want my phone updates to be like: buying a PC online.
The fact that this chart is needed — and has three stages — is ridiculous.
I particularly love “Stage 3: Delivering update” (a title only Microsoft could come up with). Here’s the message customers get about this stage:
Microsoft has started to send out the update. Because updates are typically delivered to customers in batches, it might take several weeks before you receive notice that an update is available for you.
So the final stage — the one beyond both “testing” and “scheduling” and the one they compare to “left the warehouse” might take “several weeks”.
Maybe “final” refers to the fact that it will be the last time the customer ever buys a Windows Phone.