Windows 10 Mobile update sent out to non-Insider Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL models
It was back in October when we told you that Microsoft would be controlling the timing of software updates. Instead of having the carriers test an update last, giving them the final decision when to launch it, Microsoft will have the final say following the testing done by the carriers. As any U.S. Android user will attest to, getting their carrier to sign off the latest update is akin to having your teeth pulled. Microsoft is hoping that it can win over a few converts to Windows 10 by making the updating process as smooth as can be. Of course, iOS users are used to simple "no muss, no fuss" updates.
Another thought that comes from today's update, is that Microsoft chose AT&T to carry the Microsoft Lumia 950 because it knew that the nation's second largest carrier might be more liberal when it comes to the Windows 10 Mobile software update testing process. Other major U.S. carriers, especially T-Mobile, complained that it wanted to offer the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL to customers, but never got the opportunity from Microsoft. At the time, it was believed that Microsoft was looking to downplay the new handsets so that it could focus on a new Surface Phone. While the latter reportedly will launch late next year, it is possible that other stateside carriers weren't interested in allowing Windows 10 Mobile updates to be downloaded without getting the last word on timing.