Microsoft rolls out minor Windows Phone update

With almost all Windows Phones around the world now upgraded (or eligible for upgrade) to the latest version of the mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.5 or ‘Mango’, its next big update will be ‘Tango’, expected in the first half of next year. But that’s still many months away, and in the meantime, there are a few minor issues with the OS that need to be addressed.

Today, Microsoft has begun pushing out an update to fix a couple of these issues.

The update takes the OS version up to 7.10.7740 (up from 7720, the Mango OS version). To check the current OS version on your Windows Phone: from your Start Screen, swipe across to your Apps List, then go to Settings, and scroll down to About. Tap the ‘more information’ button, and you’ll see the OS version listed under ‘phone information’.

The update offers fixes for two issues: the first is a bug with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 - the fix ensures that the original message is included when you reply to or forward an email. The second is an issue with the proper delivery of voicemail notifications, which is also now resolved. As with other Windows Phone updates, you'll need to connect the handset to a computer to download and install it. Despite the minor nature of the update, it's still treated as a full system update, including taking a complete back-up of the phone.

This isn’t the first time that Microsoft has issued an ‘extra’ update; it previously released update ‘7392’ shortly after the NoDo update (7390) was released, as a patch to address an issue with fake security certificates.

It’s disappointing that this update doesn’t appear to address the problem of the widely reported ‘disappearing keyboard’ in Mango, whereby for some users, the keyboard will simply vanish while in the middle of typing. Let’s hope a further update is released soon to sort out that irritating bug, and that Microsoft gets into the habit of releasing more frequent updates to its mobile OS - even if they just sort out minor issues rather than delivering exciting new features.

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lt8480 said,
HTC Titan here bought sim free - update appeared before it even made news.

Update changed the time on my phone to 1980 or something. When I went to change it to the correct time - out of curiosity I looked how far back the clock setting allows... 1601 - bizarre!

i got an update from samsung fixing the Compass and Internet Sharing 2 weeks back.

Got Omina 7 T-Mobile Unlocked now.

But still no 7740. Im good without it because i dont use exchange feature.

I see the update but i get error 80080148, its very weird, i google it and seems that might be a problem also with people who walshed their phones, but i havent, still get that error

Got the update from HTC for the HD7 which enabled Internet Sharing but still not the new update I am still showing 7720.

Does anyone know if this is rolling to all WP7 devices or if this needs carrier approval? I have a Trophy on Verizon and haven't received notice of the update yet. I tried the trick to get an update for my phone, and that didn't work either...

M_Lyons10 said,
Does anyone know if this is rolling to all WP7 devices or if this needs carrier approval? I have a Trophy on Verizon and haven't received notice of the update yet.
I do not know, but I have not received any OTA notification for my AT&T Samsung Focus S either. Though I have yet to try syncing it with the Zune software on my PC.

M_Lyons10 said,
Does anyone know if this is rolling to all WP7 devices or if this needs carrier approval? I have a Trophy on Verizon and haven't received notice of the update yet. I tried the trick to get an update for my phone, and that didn't work either...

Some more info about the update has been released. Right now it's mainly for European/Asian markets.

Great! Now fix the Daylight Saving/Standard Time bug. you know, the one where all times prior to the changeover last week are adjusted as though DST never happened...

Nas said,
Great! Now fix the Daylight Saving/Standard Time bug. you know, the one where all times prior to the changeover last week are adjusted as though DST never happened...

Interesting... What timezone you in, and if you can explain what times it are being adjusted. I tried to find evidence of any time changes on older information, but it was as it should be. Where can I look to see an example of this?

My telephone log's timestamps changed by 1 hour after the time zone change. So, my 10pm calls on a Friday evening read as 9pm calls after the change... I usually wouldn't mind, but it causes problems when exact times (without recalculating for DST) is necessary.

Same here: My HD7 (SIM Free) did not receive the MS update but I received one from HTC and now I have thethering.

Did get an update yesterday but it was from HTC with no explanation - turns out it gave me wi-fi tethering (hotspot upto 5 clients).

Didn't get this one yet though, OS ver is 7.10.7720.68 atm.

Ashmir said,
Too bad no fix for the GPS issue I'm experiencing
http://answers.microsoft.com/e...23-b667-dc0b96841c4e?page=1

This appears to be a LG/Samsung/ATT issue where the firmware update they pushed out isn't enabling GPS functions properly. Wow, that would really PO me.

Have you tried contacting ATT and/or Samsung in addition to Microsoft? It looks like the rollback isn't removing the firmware update properly.

I would be tempted to go to a carrier store, and have them address the issue, and maybe they can swap out the phone with one that has the update properly applied.

ATT depending on the sales people/agents you get can sometimes be really good about making this right for you. (I know ATT has a reputation for being bad, but their wireless customer retention people have always come through in all our dealings professionally and personally with them.)

They may also be able to slide you into a newer WP7 phone, because they 'broke' your functionality, and have also broken your contract with them, and would be willing to do a lot to keep you as a customer. If not, dissolve the contract based on breach of service/functionality, and get a new phone with ATT or another carrier.

Good Luck, and wow, I would be POed.

Disappointing??? You didn't even EXPECT this update. Probably they've been working on it since before the keyboard bug was spotted. Take it easy dude.

Anyone else have the slight issue of opening your mailbox and seeing the email list kind of refresh a few time (its like a rolling animation where nothing actually happens). Its not a big deal, and only happens now and again, but its a bug.

Also only had the keyboard issue happen twice since mango, hitting the focus back into the (even though it wasnt taken away from) the text area resolved both times.

The other issues this fix resolved havent effected me.

duddit2 said,
Anyone else have the slight issue of opening your mailbox and seeing the email list kind of refresh a few time (its like a rolling animation where nothing actually happens). Its not a big deal, and only happens now and again, but its a bug.

Also only had the keyboard issue happen twice since mango, hitting the focus back into the (even though it wasnt taken away from) the text area resolved both times.

The other issues this fix resolved havent effected me.

Haven't seen the email issue, but i know it could depend on your email server, and getting the ID out of sync with POP3 or IMAP. If it is Windows Live/Hotmail, then you might be having a dodgy connectivity issue, as we haven't seen this on our tests or my full time device. (I have several thousand emails in my inbox, all displaying normally. Which is something I couldn't even do on Android.)

One suggestion, if you are using a POP3 or IMAP email server, consider either pulling or pushing that email to your Live.com/Hotmail ID account as a separate account/folder.

I for example have myname@mydomain.com and use that as my Live ID, and even though it doesn't have any hotmail attached to it, I can still pull or push my email to that account so it appears in a hotmail inbox. My additional accounts I have set to also pull from hotmali to sub-folders AccountA, AccountB, etc and on WP7, I keep those folders synced as well, and it lets me email from any of the accounts through my one Live.com/Hotmail ID on my phone.

Truly my favorite features is WP7 letting me keep all my email on the phone, and like I said, I have probably 25,000 emails between the accounts. Which I use as my 'record' or 'timeline' so I always can reference what was said in an email going back two years.

Just a tip, as the hotmail integration works much better than most generic email servers, that often do have glitches with maintaining message IDs on a lot of email, which would cause refreshes forced by the server or WP7 if it doesn't like what the email server is doing.

Nothing here yet, although I did get an HTC update that added tethering to my HD7.

I would like to see a fix for the flickering lockscreen issue i'm having though.

neo158 said,
Nothing here yet, although I did get an HTC update that added tethering to my HD7.

I would like to see a fix for the flickering lockscreen issue i'm having though.

I hope my Trophy gets the tethering update... That would be nice.

I'm hoping an update (Maybe this one) fixes the unresponsive numpad when in a phone call. It wasn't slugish like this in NoDo. Is anyone else seeing that?

God this is going get like Windows on the PC ......monthly updates !!!
Besides the bloody hell can I buy the phone itself here in Australia, I have been told by HTC that the titan won't be released until sometime early next year.
I want a phone NOW.....I am sick and tired about hearing about themand what they have and haven't got in them..... I just want one....NOW !!

Caveman-ugh said,
God this is going get like Windows on the PC ......monthly updates !!!

Nobody cares taht iOS rolls out dot updates every other week, and everyone is ticked that numerous Android devices have yet to get a single update. So what's the right formula?

Caveman-ugh said,
God this is going get like Windows on the PC ......monthly updates !!!

Nobody cares taht iOS rolls out dot updates every other week, and everyone is ticked that numerous Android devices have yet to get a single update. So what's the right formula?

Caveman-ugh said,
God this is going get like Windows on the PC ......monthly updates !!!
Besides the bloody hell can I buy the phone itself here in Australia, I have been told by HTC that the titan won't be released until sometime early next year.
I want a phone NOW.....I am sick and tired about hearing about themand what they have and haven't got in them..... I just want one....NOW !!

What's better? Monthly updates fixing bugs and everything and improving the phone? Or quarterly updates and leaving bugs open for months at a time?

TechDudeGeorge said,

What's better? Monthly updates fixing bugs and everything and improving the phone? Or quarterly updates and leaving bugs open for months at a time?

My vote is for monthly updates (Even though they're not monthly) to fix bugs. Though honestly, I wish smaller updates like this could be handled as such rather than treated like a full blown install. Perhaps smaller updates like this could just be pushed over the air? That would be awesome.

Caveman-ugh said,
God this is going get like Windows on the PC ......monthly updates !!!
Besides the bloody hell can I buy the phone itself here in Australia, I have been told by HTC that the titan won't be released until sometime early next year.
I want a phone NOW.....I am sick and tired about hearing about themand what they have and haven't got in them..... I just want one....NOW !!

Wow, really?

Android users would kill to get updates and security fixes. iOS users don't know any better and assume their phone is bug free and secure, where bugs and security fixes are delayed until the next rollout version.

The fact that WP7 and Microsoft can provide timely fixes is a key advantage for WP7.

Remember this when you notice a friend with an Android phone that is less than a year old and they are still running version 1.6, and are open to many vulnerabilities and lacking major 3d functionality.

thenetavenger said,

... iOS users don't know any better and assume their phone is bug free and secure, where bugs and security fixes are delayed until the next rollout version.

Dude, you really need to get off of Microsoft's teet. I get that you're a hugh fan and all, but it is necessary to fudge things up about their competitors?

1) Show me the data that supports your claim that iOS users don't know any better and that they think their phone is bug free and secure.

2) Apple releases a major iOS update about once a year. They also release minor updates about every month (sometimes twice a month) to address bug fixes and security issues. Some even add new features.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history

So, they too provided timely fixes. From what I gather, google does too for Android, but because of its open nature, it takes it a while to appear on the devices, if it does at all.

Edited by benthebear, Nov 18 2011, 3:13am :

omgben said,

Dude, you really need to get off of Microsoft's teet. I get that you're a hugh fan and all, but it is necessary to fudge things up about their competitors?

1) Show me the data that supports your claim that iOS users don't know any better and that they think their phone is bug free and secure.

2) Apple releases a major iOS update about once a year. They also release minor updates about every month (sometimes twice a month) to address bug fixes and security issues. Some even add new features.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history

So, they too provided timely fixes. From what I gather, google does too for Android, but because of its open nature, it takes it a while to appear on the devices, if it does at all.


When something like 30 or 40% of iPhone 4 owners think they have a 4G phone because the name has a 4 in it, I don't think he's far off in his comment about iOS users.

TechJunkie81 said,
Nothing here yet. (Trophy on Verizon)

Nothing here either. Does this update need to go through the carrier approval process?

What ever happened to the first gen phones will recieve tethering at a later date statement BTW? I'm pretty sure the Mozart in India recieved an update to enable the functionality but didly in Australia.

trip21 said,
What ever happened to the first gen phones will recieve tethering at a later date statement BTW? I'm pretty sure the Mozart in India recieved an update to enable the functionality but didly in Australia.

It is based on your carrier and whether they allow the option or not. Most phones are capable.