Microsoft slams Android: “Google ships a big pile of …code”


Microsoft’s chief of Windows and the Xbox, Terry Myerson, has laid into Android this week while speaking at a keynote at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Chicago.

Myerson knocked Android’s update plans. “Google ships a big pile of… code, with no commitment to update your device” he said, with an intentional pause that made the audience chuckle. “Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device”.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 update strategy for smartphones not revealed

Myerson knocked Android, however he did not reveal how Microsoft plans to bypass the mobile phone companies and deliver regular updates to Windows 10 phones in the future. The issue is that many mobile phone operators have customised versions of the software that they run, and they need to roll out the updates to users instead of them going direct to Google Play for example. It’s a complicated situation…

Microsoft unveiled the developer preview for Windows Phone back in 2014, but unless you sign up to that as a consumer then you won’t necessarily be able to guarantee regular updates to your Windows Phone devices. Updates have also been a mixed experience for Windows smartphone users – there were no upgrades from Windows Phone 7 to Windows phone 8, and those who had Windows RT won’t even get Windows 10 in future.

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Android owners are often frustrated about the lack of updates.

Microsoft doesn’t have a perfect update history, but it says it will fix a lot of that with the forthcoming Windows 10.

“We’re not going to be delivering all of the updates to all consumers on one big day of the month,” explained Myerson, saying that the company will still continue to deliver updates to Windows 10 in ‘distribution rings’. The idea is to have ‘slow’ and ‘fast’ rings with its Windows 10 preview, that allows some users to get the latest new features and others wait for stable releases without bugs.

Microsoft is also launching Windows Update for Business, which is intended for businesses to get the latest updates for Windows 10. It works in a similar way to consumer updates, but businesses will be able to select distribution rings and ensure that not all machines receive the update to Windows 10 immediately.

Do you think that Microsoft was right to criticise the update/upgrade process for Android? As always, let us know in the comments below.


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