During the Windows Phone 7 launch, one of the features that we thought sounded the most useful is the ability for Microsoft to roll out system updates across all handsets and all carriers at once, rather than dolling them out individually, as is the case with Android. Now it looks like that may not be happening.
In the Windows Weekly Podcast with Paul Thurrott, around 31 minutes in, it’s mentioned that the updates will go through the carriers instead of directly from Microsoft, and they’ll be able to delay the updates by up to a cycle.
This would definitely be a bad thing, but we don’t know if it’s true or not. Thurrott tends to be a pretty good source for these things, but Oded Ran, Head of Consumer Marketing, Windows Phone, UK at Microsoft, tweeted that updates will come from Microsoft. It remains to be seen how much control over this the carriers will have.