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Microsoft Makes Fun of Android Updates, Calls it “Big Pile of.…Code”

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Google ships a big pile of… code, with no commitment to update your device.

Speaking at the Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Chicago, Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson said the above lines.

He added, “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.”

Myerson was speaking about the irregular and irresponsible approach of Google to deliver constant security updates and to its Android smartphones. He focused on the risks businesses might face due to the same and talked about the new security plans in the upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

In the Windows Blog, the software giant writes that the new security features in Windows 10 will be far ahead from its competition (i.e. Google). Microsoft currently manages more than 850M devices and serves them with its free service Windows Update. With Windows 10, the company aims to improve the support by offering “Long Term Servicing Branches.”

While pointing out the flaws in Android, Microsoft mentioned its plans to deliver timely updates to Windows 10 by bypassing the troublesome carriers. The Windows Phone users are a bit more stratified with the update process as compared to Android 5.0 Lollipop’s terrible track record.

Terry Myerson said that the company doesn’t plan to deliver all the updates to all users on one single day. Instead, it will continue to deliver updates in distribution rings.

Apart from this, Microsoft launched Windows Update for Business today. This is similar to consumer update and is designed for businesses to get regular updates.

Do you agree with Microsoft’s claims? Tell us in comments!

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32 thoughts on “Microsoft Makes Fun of Android Updates, Calls it “Big Pile of.…Code””

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    I agree with the comments. Android is a nightmare to support. Each phone and carrier have different restrictions on when updates will be delivered creating large security holes. Android is good if you want a phone with pretty icons and pictures but there is no way I would recommend it to be used for business purposes. I would recommend Blackberry, iPhone or Windows phone before recommending a Andriod device.

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    I really dont like ot when we pay an arm and a leg to get half of what we pay for. Like google, restricted us from using our sd memory Cards. In order to get what you pay for you have to spend more money to have your device rooted. I to agree with the comments.

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    "Like google, restricted us from using our sd memory Cards." what? This depends by manufacture. Isn't an Android limitation.
    Also "In order to get what you pay for you have to spend more money to have your device rooted." i don't get it. You can root so easy these days at home, using PC and USB cable (+ a software like iRoot, has phone version <apk> too, so you can root directly from your phone, without pc). Some manufacture like Xiaomi, provide flashable zip for root on official site, without violating warranty.

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    Andy Begley I would never pay money to get my device rooted. I would just go to androidforums or xda-developers, see if someone has achieved it already, and follow their steps. If no one has achieved it yet, I would try one of the many ways as Chelaru pointed out, to get it done.

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    I was just speaking for the people that do not know their way around the pc. Also verizon has offered many of times for $20 to have your device rooted. So people do pay more out of there pocket to have the devices they own rooted. Cricket charges $30 to have a phone rooted/unlocked.

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    Anonymous

    Hello microsoft have you forgoten about the windoes ce, 2002, 2003 horrible auport and abandonment?

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    For obvious reasons I will not go into detail regarding security holes on my network but I still have a crap load of users that are running KitKat and Jellybean. They can not upgrade if they wanted to and it is rough trying install any type of MDM apps on these devices. Now that Cyanogen is slowly taking over support is going to be even harder. Android is great for home or personal use but it is not ready for prime time until Google or OnePlus takes over the software and hardware of the devices.

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    For obvious reasons I will not go into detail regarding security holes on my network but I still have a crap load of users that are running KitKat and Jellybean. They can not upgrade if they wanted to and it is rough trying install any type of MDM apps on these devices. Now that Cyanogen is slowly taking over support is going to be even harder. Android is great for home or personal use but it is not ready for prime time until Google or OnePlus takes over the software and hardware of the devices.

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    Can you tell me about a general security hole? It seems like people simply don't like Android so they make statements that can't be backed up by any facts, like Mr. Myerson.

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    The only problem people can figure out with Android: cos its cheap and OpenSource. The Android is the Father in Mobile OS and that Microsoft is fucking Monopoly.

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    Corey Dorsey, i live in ohio, and some places do help you out with rooting your device and some dont. It depends where you go.

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    Android is hype. People are so easy to trick when it comes to phones and devices. If the front screen looks cool they buy it like cattle. The OS is a mess to code on, like it was written by children on crack and the general quality of applications and solutions is a joke compared to Microsoft products and services. I own both a spanking new Samsung phone, a new Microsoft Phone and the latest iPhone 6. The MS phone is the cheapest, but guess which one I have started using daily and always carry with me? The microsoft one. I'm so sick and tired of the so-called "next generation" crap that Google represents that I could throw up. They do nothing but peddle information and use their cash on nitwit projects like android. Windows is the bread and butter of the IT world and google's childish attempt at replacing quality and rock solid API's with their bling'ed up toys is laughable.
    With Windows 10 Microsoft finally enters the IOT race and will blow everything out of the water with C# and their abstract development platform. The universal driver system alone is more newsworthy than all of google's inventions combined for the past 8 years. One API, deploy to any device. Re-cycle hardware between all platforms regardless of CPU. You should have thought Linux would have delivered that by now — but no. In the end Microsoft delivers, the others do fu** all and waste people's money, security and ultimately sell their privacy.
    Time is up Google — we dont want your plastic UI's and colorblind designs any more.

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    guyz i agree with this post… am using windows / android too … android is cheap and easily customized but lagg even if u have good ram n processor :/ … windows is different no laggs but lack of application in store …

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    "Android is a nightmare to support. Each phone and carrier have different restrictions…" that's because it is open source.

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    Well I am an Android fan and have alwaus been since it’s launch. The open source mobile OS which took over the entire mobile market like a storm. I have tried using a Nokia Lumia with Win8.1 in it and the first thing I felt it was missing was a file manager. Damn! what can I comment on an OS which limits the access to files in the sdcard :

    Secondly, the Apple iPhones are famous for being overpricey and they are my least favorites. come on, those people have learned to provide users with custom keyboard feature from the ANDROID OS.

    I would not like to raise an argument in the comments section and give a person a chance to get some popcorn :p but I feel a mobile OS has to be free and CUSTOMIZABLE.

    I do understand Google’s policies like leaving the manufacturer to the hardwares and OTA updates part (except Android ONE) but I feel they have done a wonderful part in the Mobiles & Tablets section of the eShopping websites :p xD

    Lastly, I love ANDROID and I am least bothered of what the so called “MICROSOFT” thinks about my favorite operating system.

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    #1.) Microsoft, Android, Apple… It doesn't matter. If you watch porn, expect viruses. If you pirate, expect viruses. Microsoft has been just a big pile of code for decades. GTFO. Not to mention all the spying on End Users.

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    The people saying that android was designed by a child on crack are mentaly challenged. I am a develloper and android is just as shitty as other OS. Only linux is C ANSI and will not treat you as an object (dev's joke)

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    It's like comparing Linux OS like red hat vs window OS, the only different is that on PC, I run my game on window while in phone, I run my game on android. The decision of which device is better should depends on the user usage. I am still using a blackberry phone with an android tablet because I find that the UI of the phone handling message serve me better and I prefer physical keyboard. Any entertainment is on my tablet.

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