Microsoft resumes Samsung Windows Phone 7 updates

Microsoft resumes Samsung Windows Phone 7 updates

Microsoft is to resume Windows Phone 7 updates for Samsung devices after the team at Microsoft successfully “pinpointed and fixed problems preventing a small percentage of Windows Phones from installing the February software patch”.

Microsoft began sending out updates to Windows Phone 7 devices on February 21, an update that did not include copy and paste, CDMA support, or faster application loading capabilities. The patch instead helped devices prepare for future, more feature-rich updates.

This update began “bricking” Samsung Omnia 7 devices, leaving many users without a usable handset. Fixes promptly emerged, allowing owners to restore their devices, but Microsoft took action to halt the update process for those phones.

Updating the Windows Team Blog yesterday, Microsoft stated:

Starting today, we plan to resume rolling out the February update to Samsung phones. Meanwhile, we’re continuing to dispatch the update to other Windows Phone models. As has been the case, the software patch is being sent out on a rolling schedule. You’ll see a message on your phone when it’s available.

During the past week the engineering team has pinpointed and fixed problems that were preventing a small percentage of Windows Phones from installing the February software patch.  We apologize again for the delay and continue looking for ways to improve the update process.

Most Omnia 7 owners are reporting their devices have successfully updated although it is apparent some problems remain. This update will prepare Windows Phone 7 handsets ready for Microsoft’s first major NoDo firmware update, bringing bugfixes and a whole host of new features.

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