Microsoft Is Planning Annual Updates For Windows Phone

While it has long been suspected that Microsoft plans to roll out a Windows Phone update on an annual basis, the confirmation of this policy has come out randomly in a Microsoft job posting.

According to MobileTechWorld, which first broke the story, the company plans to come up with one major update per year, with minor updates coming in at regular intervals.

The job post inviting applications for the software manager responsible for OS development explicitly mentions “This Senior Program Manager position will be the CXE Feature PM that drives all development work on the Application Platform for update releases between major yearly releases,” MobileTechWorld reports.

While iPhones and many smartphones that run Google's Android OS have had strong sales, handsets based on Windows Mobile 7 seem to be falling behind. This has led many analysts to question Microsoft’s lack of interest in the platform. It is evident that Microsoft is losing out in the smartphone race and according to research firm Gartner, just 3.6 million handsets running on Windows mobile OS were sold in the first quarter of 2011. Windows Phone had a market share of just 1.6 percent, a far cry from their market dominance computer operating systems.