Monthly updates for Windows 10 Mobile without carriers’ approval?
Windows as a Service for Lumia 950 and other phones
Arguably the worst experience for any mobile phone user is to wait for a new version of the operating system. In terms of updates, Windows Phone was somewhere between iOS and Android. Microsoft has rolled out a couple of major updates to most of the legacy phones, but the customers have been highly dependent on carriers and the phone’s version – some providers decided not to waste time by updating these “old and unpopular” phones.
With Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft wants to change the game, and does what Apple does with their phones – to update them all in a timely manner, regardless of country, carrier or version.
It seems that Microsoft is already updating devices without an approval from carriers. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL received two updates (an OS and a firmware update) shortly after release on the market.
Two days ago, AT&T’s support page shed more light on Windows as a Service (WaaS). According to the carrier’s support forum, the Lumia 950 will receive monthly WaaS (Windows as a Service) updates delivered via Microsoft over-the-air.
Of course, the information is still not official, but there are high hopes that Microsoft will provide a steady flow of OS updates over the whole life cycle of the smartphones.