Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update is due later this month but here’s a quick look at its key features.
Microsoft has promised improved application resume times and better marketplace search alongside a new copy and paste feature. The company has delivered on all three with “Nodo”. First up is copy and paste. Microsoft’s copy and paste implementation does the job but is difficult and fiddly to use. I had troubles getting the copy dialog box to surface on multiple occasions and it seems to respond randomly to various means of tapping on the screen. Copying isn’t always copying either, pictures do not copy despite being selectable. I tested copy and paste in native Windows Phone applications to ensure this wasn’t an experience broken by a third party. All-in-all copy and paste feels rushed and like an afterthought from Microsoft, it could be a lot better.
Second is Microsoft’s performance improvements for resuming applications. I found that several games resumed a lot quicker than before, despite the differences in devices. This is a welcome improvement for Windows Phone as the company strives towards “Mango” where it will offer full multitasking across its operating system. The last and final key improvement in “NoDo” is the Marketplace search improvements. Searching for generic sounding applications or even ones named “Twitter” or “Frogger” would often displace search results on the device. Relevant applications would end up at the bottom of lists following music and artist information. Microsoft has changed this search behaviour in “NoDo” and it’s greatly improved. It’s now much easier to find applications within the Marketplace.
Overall, Microsoft’s “NoDo” update brings little to be excited about as a Windows Phone 7 owner. The improvements are minor and ones that could have arguably been part of the original RTM build. Microsoft has officially confirmed that “NoDo” will be distributed in “the latter half of March”. The company is widely expected to make the update available in the week of March 21 with several carriers suggesting March 24 as a launch date.