So there is something bothering me for a couple of weeks now: the attitude of the community towards build 10586 of Windows 10 Mobile. Or rather, the lack of attitude and the very weird selective behavior about updates.
Microsoft has released multiple revisions of build 10586. For desktops these where revision O, 3, 9, 11, 14, 17, 29 and 36 while Mobile has seen only 0, 11,29 and 36 so far. And that is good. That’s – in fact – amazing. However, the Mobile community has been calling Microsoft out for releasing unfinished software. Why? Because it contains bugs.
And then I’m standing there, thinking: “of course it contains bugs, which software does not?”. The answer to that question is none. For some reason it’s fine for Google to release Android 6.0.0 and then release 6.0.1 later and for Apple to release iOS 9.0.0 and then 9.0.1 later. Yet, if Microsoft does that, then it’s bad, something that shouldn’t have happened, etc. What’s up with that?
And you know what, as Windows 10 Mobile users, we shouldn’t be the ones complaining. Except for Apples iOS, there aren’t many out there that actually receive updates in the first place. Androids update policy is non existent. Sure, Nexus-devices have been able to keep up (for maximum 2 years), but beside that? Most Android users with a high-end phone never see minor bug (and security) releases, let alone major updates, or at least not before the Android development is already 2 versions ahead. Meanwhile, the low-end Lumia 520 that is about to celebrate its 3rd anniversary and will receive Windows 10 as a present.
Sure, 10586 has some rough edges, but compared to some of Apples disastrous releases (iOS 5, 6, 7 and 8 where all plagued by some major issues), we’re getting away easily. So guys, stop calling Microsoft out on releasing updates for Windows 10 Mobile and claiming that “the previous build wasn’t ready”. This is business as usual. Think of the current build as version 10.0.3 (with 10586.0 being 10.0.0, 10586.11 as 10.0.1 and 10586.29 as 10.0.2).
Which brings us to another issue: some “news”-sites out there have been claiming that because Microsoft is still working on a new version of Windows 10 Mobile build 10586 the roll out to Windows Phone 8.x devices has been delayed. The answer to that idea is: yeah… no… we don’t know that. And might be, or it might not. Again, future revisions of 10586 are just patches like every other OS has seen. Stop freaking out about it.