In late January, Microsoft began working with wireless carriers to roll out the long awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update to a number of older Windows Phone devices. Now there are reports that Microsoft has halted its rollout and it may be due to an issue with the Live Tiles feature.
As reported earlier this month, some people who received the update have since claimed the Live Tiles are not updating as they should. These issues could cause smartphones with Windows Phone 7.8 to use up their battery power faster than normal, and even to consume excessive amounts of data.
Microsoft officials said in November last year that the 7.8 update would be preloaded on new Windows Phone handsets aimed at specific markets, and then pushed to existing Windows Phone 7.x handset users in "early 2013."
If you are a Windows Phone user with a different handset, when will you get the update? I asked Microsoft and officials declined to comment. I'm guessing this lack of comment is because Microsoft isn't controlling when the carriers will push this. But otherwise, all I can say is SIGH!
Nokia has responded to a recent ZDNet Mobile News article that pointed out the partnership with Microsoft, the owner of Skype, is causing trouble with the carriers affecting sales of the Lumia phones. In that article Nokia watcher Tomi Ahonen used comments by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to gather he was claiming sales were lost due to the Skype deal.
At long last, Skype for Windows is now available a couple of months after the beta version was announced at Mobile World Congress, and launched a short while after that. The official Skype for Windows is now available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace, where you can also opt to retrieve the app straight from your Windows Phone itself, although it might take up to two days (48 hours) for Skype for Windows to propagate in all local Windows Phone Marketplaces.
Let me repeat that a little more verbosely. Watch for Windows Phone to grab a serious hunk of market share at the end of 2012. No doubt about it. "Huh?" you ask. Believe it.
The Feibus-is-crazy club most assuredly is enjoying a surge in membership right about now. And why not? There is certainly plenty of evidence to suggest that Windows Phone thus far has underwhelmed.