Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th May 2015 20:11 UTC

Microsoft's Windows chief, Terry Myerson, isn't pulling any punches against Android this week. Speaking during a keynote appearance at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago, Myerson knocked Google's Android update plans. "Google ships a big pile of... code, with no commitment to update your device," Myerson said, with an intentional pause that left the audience laughing. "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."

He's completely right, of course, but his words does have a souer taste when you look at Microsoft's Windows Phone and Windows RT update history and near future.

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Comment by Sidux
by Sidux on Tue 5th May 2015 12:43 UTC
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I'm still waiting for Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 on my Nokia phone. So much for being available only in "exclusive" markets.
Google indeed does not give one cent about all the Android phones out there that aren't even compatible with their playstore ecosystem.
Thats like expecting Linux core developers to fix outdated packages from a god knows which flavour or Linux distribution just becase well it's Linux..
This will never happen.
Windows had this problem in the past, but as time went by (10 years in fact) the windows generic drivers have gotten good enough to run on a multitude of devices out of the box...
Neither Google (nor Linux for that matter) is there yet unfortunately.

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RE: Comment by Sidux
by taila on Tue 5th May 2015 14:00 in reply to "Comment by Sidux"
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I fully agree with you. It is mainly the responsibility of the different phone manufactures to deliver the updates to their devices. Any company that does not change anything from the Android that Google releases would deliver updates within a month of release to their devices.

So true that it's just like Linux kernel, the user-land of each distribution is full responsibility of that distribution.

What becomes even more strange is that Microsoft is at the same time trying even harder to align themselves with android, getting their apps released for the platform and getting them preloaded on Android devices.

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