Microsoft: Don’t use that homebrew WP7 update tool

by Email Twitter: ronwinbeta Apr 7th, 2011 in News

As we all know, Microsoft’s update process for its Windows Phone 7 can be a bit slow. After all, look how long we waited for the “NoDo” update to be released and some users still don’t have it on their phones yet. Well, Windows Phone 7 users finally have some hope as a sympathetic developer released an unofficial tool that allows you to manually download the WP7 updates.

As ComputerWorld reports, Microsft caught on and saw that an unofficial tool was released to the public and allowed Windows Phone 7 users to download the important updates immediately. Microsoft had nothing but negative things to say about the tool.

Eric Hautala, General Manager of Customer Experience Engineering for Windows Phone posted in a blog that “if you attempt one of these workarounds, we can’t say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven’t fully tested these homebrew techniques..users might not end up getting device-specific software that is in the official update or their phones may get misconfigured so as to not receive future updates. It’s even possible your phone might stop working properly.”

The tool’s developer, Chris Walsh, posted on his Twitter supporting his tool. “Eric stipulated they don’t know what it’ll do as they haven’t tested it. But I’ve tested it :-).”

Here’s what we have to say about this: Microsoft, let the WP7 users decide on what they want to do. It’s not our fault for wanting this quick fix, after all, look how long it’s taking you to give us the updates!

Visit Chris Walsh’s website for more information on the WP7 update tool.

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