Microsoft Wants Your Next WP7 Software Update to Be a Surprise

Getting a firmware upgrade notification is like getting an early birthday present—you're extra excited because it's so unexpected. Now, Microsoft is ensuring that every new WP7 update gives you that "early present feeling" by killing off its popular Where's My Phone Update feature. But why?

Microsoft announced on Friday that it "won't be individually detailing country, model, and carrier details…any longer," according to company spokesman, Eric Hautala. He gave no immediate reason for the company's action though, as the Verge points out, probably has something to do with its latest update, build 8107, that allows carriers to revoke a bevy of digital certificates. This would allow them to nix any number of future security and performance fixes before they ever reach the end user.

Thank you, Microsoft, for helping me maintain my sense of childhood wonder at the expense of knowing how long I'll have to wait for you guys to roll out the next batch of bug fixes. [The Verge]