As long as we’ll get our updates without carrier or OEM
interference, even if only through USB, that’s still good enough;
we’ll still get new features and bug fixes on our existing phones.
Sadly, it looks as if that too many not come to pass: carriers
will, in fact, be able to hold back updates to some extent. Worse,
it seems that Microsoft is doing everything in its power to avoid
giving a straight answer about the situation.