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Windows Phone 7 Update Goes Wrong

Finally! This is the kind of news we'd been expecting from Microsoft's forlorn mobile division. Things had been going entirely too well for Windows Phone 7, relatively speaking...until this week.

This week, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 updates turned some Samsung phones into even more useless hunks of plastic than they already were. Apparently, that's called "bricking" phones, which means that Microsoft should probably hire Troy Aikman as its next spokesperson. (If you don't get that mild scintilla of humor, check this out.)

Microsoft has pulled the update, but to be fair this whole thing might not be Microsoft's fault. Your editor's own personal experience with Samsung technologies has not always been stellar, so we're not ready to place all the blame for this problem on Redmond.

And, in the grand scheme of things, this snafu, no matter who is at fault, isn't the end of the world. In fact, it's not even serious enough to pack a comic punch, which is our main source of disappointment with this story.

We've been hoping for a while that Windows Phone 7 would finally take up Vista's mantle as Most Unintentionally Hilarious Microsoft technology, but the mobile OS will have to do better than this if it really wants to earn derision from RCPU. In fact, in a more news-packed week, we wouldn't have written about this at all. It's probably a good thing, then, that this is the last RCPU of the week. At least we avoided the obligatory Pink Floyd "The Wall" joke.

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Posted by Lee Pender on 02/25/2011 at 1:23 PM

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Reader Comments:

Sun, Feb 27, 2011 KJRB LA (state)

This article is just an unsubstantiated WP7 bashing.

#1) I own WP7. I am happy with it.
#2) My 2 family members replaced their IPhones with Androids but they are not 100% happy with them.

WP7 vs. Android Comparison (from experience):
Applications hang-ups (3rd part or built-in): WP7 – almost unheard of, Android - frequent

Battery life: my WP7 lasts 2 days (no problem) while their Androids barely make from 7 am to 5pm (happened a few times already and d it’s not because they use them so much)

Pinpointing location is faster and more exact on WP7 (tested that a few times).

MS weather app gives me the same readings as my thermometer outside the house (weatherBug is quite as good). Weather Channel App is less exact on both but on WP7 loads faster and does not hang as often as on Androids.

The only thing that I envy is a Google Navigation App.

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 Jaz VA

iPhone is too much hype, and people who have problems with it won't admit them. Like the previous readers, I agree that Microsoft has done an excellent job of sticking to its open systems commitment and taking the risks of enabling its OS to run on several hardware platforms, as opposed to Apple's pussilanimous, play it safe, proprietory hardware specs. Its a miracle they budged on Verizon. What are they afraid of? Conversely, what Microsoft has done, and continues to do, albeit at considerable risk to its market standing, is to allow everyone to join the party, unlike the snooty, elitist stance that Apple portrays. Like someone said about the WP7, at last a phone designed by/for techies, not by Madison Square. I mean the iPhone thing is so cultish. I like the practicality of WP7, and its seamless integration with Office etc. And while its not perfect, the user experience is pretty impressive for a 1st foray into that user experience space.

Thu, Feb 24, 2011

If your intention was to be funny, you failed. Rejoice in the problems of other shows who you really are

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 jbWild USA

I have a feeling that WP7 will be a force to recon with soon. A few stones in the road does not make the journey easy. Give em a break, they have been out there for only a few months. How long has Apple been there... and they still get it wrong too. I just hope they dont choke the Verizon network with users (haha) before WP7 has a chance to prove themselves...

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 The Danish Dynamo USA

Just wish i had a Windows 7 phone - but Verizon don't offer it - iPhone is closed, Android is too complicated...

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 Vinney

I second that comment. Why is it that Apple can get away with just about anything but MSFT--who is much more open to it's community these days--is always having to clean off the mud? Time to face the truth people: Steve Jobs doesn't love you. In fact chances are that he hates you for having an opinion. I'm a PC and life's better here!

Thu, Feb 24, 2011

Why such negative vibes, dude? Drop the 'tude and just admit that you like WP7. C'mon, say it.

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