Microsoft says it's taking over updates for Windows 10 Mobile devices

Hmmm... I think this is a terrific idea. I had to wait 4 months for the folks at T-Mobile to get me Lollipop. That might be one of the strangest sentences I have ever typed now that I look at it.

When Microsoft introduced Windows Phone, nearly five years ago, the company promised that it would control the update process, bypassing the carriers if necessary.

The reality of the update process, through major updates to Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, hasn't held up to that ideal, especially with U.S. carriers involved.

Microsoft's Denim update, for example, was announced last September but still isn't available on AT&T's Lumia 830, T-Mobile's Lumia 635, and a handful of other phones. Verizon was the first to release Denim as an over-the-air update, but only after it had continuously rejected the previous (Cyan) update, leaving owners of their flagship Windows Phone device running a badly outdated version.

It's not exactly Android-level fragmentation, but it's a problem.

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