Microsoft to Bypass Carriers to Deliver Updates to Windows Mobile Devices

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This is a big day for Microsoft and the way it delivers updates. Namely, this is the first time the update with the same number is delivered to both PC and Windows 10 Mobile users. The company just released yhe Windows 10 build 10586.29 for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile platforms. It even arrived on Lumia 950s and 950XLs on AT&T.

Terry Myerson from Windows confirmed this update today, by saying: “Big day, first update worldwide (and more to come) to all phones running Windows10 – same build as PC!

This update is also delivered to those who are not in the Insider program, which means that it’s a first test of Microsoft’s Windows as a Service model. Along with the update for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft also released a cumulative updated KB3116900, which changes the system build number to 10586.29.

And another great fact for Microsoft is that AT&T allowed this update to be installed on Lumia 950 and 950XL devices, which could mean that Microsoft finally ‘broke the barrier’ of carriers blocking and delaying Windows 10 Mobile updates. Perhaps Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile would not allow such access that only rivals Apple.

Here’s what new in Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.29:

  • You will see additional improvements in upgrade experience, including devices with limited free space, map rendering on update, and RCS enabled device settings.
  • Improved application backwards compatibility for Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight applications.
  • Edge performance and stability has been improved. Auto-completion has been updated to allow user to more easily edit the end of the URL in the address bar.
  • Additional Bluetooth stability improvements.
  • We have resolve issues on switching the active cellular connectivity profile on Dual SIM devices.

If you still didn’t receive the update on your Windows 10 Mobile device, wait a little bit, because it probably needs a several hours to roll out to all servers worldwide.

But, as we can see, while this is a minor update to fix some bugs and improve various things, the important part is that it was released when Microsoft wanted it. Back in the days of  Windows Phone 7, Microsoft initially thought it was in control of updates, but at the time network operators didn’t allow that, but now it seems that Microsoft has found a way.

And if Microsoft manages to maintain this for future builds, as well, then it is going to become the second smartphone operating system vendor, after Apple, that can actually service its operating system to provide timely updates and fixes.

Furthermore, what is now happening is the direct effect of Satya Nadella’s ‘One Windows’ strategy, as the same operating system is now, at least judging by the build number, the same across phones, tablets, and PCs.

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