Finally – some good news involving Windows Phone 7.
After a couple of weeks in which the Microsoft platform's reputation has taken a bit of a battering, comes the welcome news that the bug involving Yahoo Mail that saw chunks of data vanishing from WinPho handsets seemingly out of thin air has now – finally – been fixed.
The story first hit the headlines in late-January when Microsoft blogger Alberto Rivera revealed that the data loss issue that had been plaguing Windows Phone 7 users since Christmas was an issue related to Yahoo Mail.
“We have determined that an inefficiency exists in the synchronisation of email between the Windows Phone mail client and Yahoo Mail,” Microsoft said at the time. But Yahoo wasn't taking that lying down, claiming that no other platforms were experiencing the problem.
Be that as it may, things kind of fizzled out from there, with Microsoft promising to investigate the matter, and everyone else... well, just getting on with their lives really.
In fact, it seems largely down to the persistence of Rivera that the matter was actually addressed at all. Rivera put out a tweet on Monday saying “34 days later, Yahoo still hasn't updated their IMAP server; data usage issue remains”.
He revealed he had been logging into Yahoo every few days to check the 'imapgate' software version, without much luck.
However, after his tweet, as if by magic, the wheels seemed to start turning over at Yahoo and the issue has now been resolved. We'll leave it to the man himself to explain:
“Today, I was pleasantly surprised to see they had upgraded from 0.7.65_12.286037 to 0.7.65_14.298026, fixing the issue. I can’t say when this happened precisely, but I suspect it was rolled out earlier in the week, to coincide with the new Windows Phone update [the one that still hasn't shipped].
“Anyway, I re-tested their FETCH capabilities and lo’ and behold – the bug was fixed!”