Microsoft withdraws WP7 update for Samsung phones

Darren Allan

February 23, 2011

This morning we reported on an issue which had cropped up with the first update for Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The upgrade itself isn’t anything particularly exciting, just a revamp of the update software itself, ahead of the anticipated major patch which will bring the likes of copy and paste to Microsoft’s new OS (finally).

However, it appears it has done anything but smooth over the update process on Samsung Omnia 7 handsets, with owners reporting the update freezing and in some cases bricking their smartphone.

And it appears that MS has now pulled the update for Samsung phones due to this problem, according to an article on PC World.

Microsoft issued a statement to say: “We have identified a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process that impacts a small number of phones.”

“In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.”

Thus far, Windows Phone 7 hasn’t got off to a flying start with sales, and it’s unlikely that this episode will endear the OS to many more people.

Of course, Microsoft is rather pinning its hopes on the strategic partnership with Nokia to get the operating system really kicking into gear. We remained unconvinced as to whether this dream will be realised, although it does depend on exactly how competitively the pair can price these new smartphones.


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