Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 23:56 UTC, submitted by gogothebee
Windows Ah, something Microsoft really couldn't use right now: problems with the very first update to its Windows Phone 7 operating system. In this very competitive marketplace, in which WP7 is a late newcomer, it can't use major problems like this. The thing is though - how big of a problem is this, really? And, is it even Microsoft's fault at all?
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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

It may be a small point but you obviously mean "smartphones are becoming targets for [criminals]".. why not use the word "criminal" when what you mean is criminal intent. At least when talking on a tech focused website frequented by Hackers, consider using the term correctly. Hackers are interested in extending the functionality of there own smartphones, not breaking into yours or any real criminal actions.

Now, in terms of criminals now targeting smartphones, I'd agree. As more personal information becomes stored on phones, crminals will look for ways to exploit them. Smartphones have already become general purpose computers under the hood. Software vulnerabilities are a primary method of exploiting that device for criminal gain. Patches are the most effective way to address vulnerabilities in the software design or implementation. Patches are as critical for today's smartphones as they are for any of the big box OS. Even missing or buggy functions need to be promptly patched, if only for QA purposes.

Patches and newer firmware should not be leverages as a way to push future hardware sales. If I buy hardware, I want those firmware updates flowing for a reasonable lifespan of the hardware; don't tell me six months later that I have to replace perfectly functioning hardware just to get patches and firmware. Give me current firmware and patch; let me decide when the hardware has aged or lacks enough standard functions to justify replacement.

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