Those who follow Windows Phone 7 closely have heard a ton of buzz about the "Mango" update coming to their phones, and the long list of features and improvements that comes along with it. We highlighted some of these features awhile back, especially the Xbox LIVE hub improvements
Today on the Windows Phone Blog
, Eric Hautala of Mircosoft detailed the plans of today's Mango rollout. Now, before you go racing to your phone expecting an update message, you may want to take a minute to understand the rollout process:
When will I get it?
While today’s rollout includes most of our carriers and handsets, we’re not making Mango available to everyone at once. So it could be a few weeks before an update message for Windows Phone 7.5 appears on your phone.
Why don’t we just blast it out?
It's a fair question. Delivering Windows Phone 7.5 simultaneously to so many phone models and carriers requires the right engineering balance. Speed is a priority—but so is quality. We’re not just delivering our new operating system but also new software supplied by individual handset makers. This “firmware” is necessary so your phone—and apps—work with all the features of Windows Phone 7.5. But it essentially means that we’re supplying not just one update, but many different ones, given the variety of Windows Phones and carriers out there to choose from.
If a problem comes to light, it’s critical that we can isolate and fix it quickly. So we’re deliberately starting out slow. This week, we’ll be making the update available to 10 percent of customers. If everything looks good, we’ll open up the spigot a bit more—to around 25 percent. We’ll hold there for one or two weeks, then quickly ramp up to 100 percent—monitoring quality the entire way. That’s how we ensure Mango arrives both quickly and in tip-top shape.
If we hit unexpected snags, we might have to temporarily slow or halt the update rollout. Starting this week, I’ll resume posting here regularly to let you know where things stand.
Also, while most carriers and handsets are beginning their rollout today, there are a few that are lagging behind just a bit. You can check Mircosoft's "Where's My Update?" site either for the United States
to see where your phone stands.
Mango is here everyone! Is your phone on the list for today's rollouts? Have you happened to get the update already?