Sometime in the next two weeks, Microsoft will deliver its first Windows Phone update, codenamed “NoDonuts” (or just “NoDo”). But today, Microsoft began rolling out a sort of pre-update, if you will, that updates the phone’s updating mechanism so that when NoDo does ship, it will go smoothly for everyone.
It gets worse. This pre-update (my term, not Microsoft’s) isn’t going out to all Windows Phone users at the same time. So some people will start seeing it today. But some will not. Most will not, I guess.
Here’s what Microsoft told me about this:
Starting today, some WP7 users might see something new on their Windows Phone: A message announcing that a software update is available.
Over the next couple of months, customers will begin to receive a couple different updates. The first is a smaller infrastructure update that will help future updates. The second will be the update you’ve probably been reading about or perhaps waiting for, the one with copy and paste.
So this pre-update is the “infrastructure” update. And the next one is NoDo. Microsoft previously said to expect NoDo in the first half of March.
Anyway, here’s what the Windows Phone blog has to say about this little mini-miracle:
Starting today, some of you might see something new on your Windows Phone: A message announcing that a software update is available. Woo hoo!
Now, before you get too excited, let me explain: This isn’t the update you’ve probably been reading about or perhaps waiting for, the one with copy and paste (but that’s coming soon).
No, this update is a relatively small one.
Still, it’s our first—the first of many—and so I’m sure you have lots of questions. Let me try to answer the most obvious ones. If I miss something, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to respond.
What’s in this update?
This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.
In the future, I encourage you to check out our new update history page on the Windows Phone website for a brief, plain-English summary of what each update does or what features it adds to your phone.
When will I get this update?
We’ll begin sending it out today. But to help ensure the process goes smoothly, it won’t be sent to everyone at once. So you might see an update message before your spouse, co-worker, or neighbor (or vice versa). This is a common industry practice. That said, we understand you’re eager to have the latest software on your phone, and our goal is to deliver it to you as quickly as possible.
How do I update my phone?
So just install one of these programs, connect your phone to your computer via the USB cable, and then follow the on-screen instructions. I also strongly encourage you to check out our step-by-step guide for updating your phone on the Windows Phone website.
One last important word: If you’ve installed the Zune software or the Windows Phone 7 Connector in the past, you might actually need to update that program first and then use it to update your phone. If that’s the case, you’ll know. Just follow the on-screen instructions, restart the software, and then connect your phone.
Where can I get more help?
The Windows Phone website has several how-to and troubleshooting articles about phone updates. Here’s the complete list.
I don’t see the update myself, not yet at least.