Microsoft details upcoming Windows Phone 7 update

By Tom Warren, on 6th Jan 11 7:25 pm with 11 Comments

Microsoft has officially detailed what it’s promising with the first Windows Phone 7 update.

The software giant posted a brief informational post on its Windows Phone 7 site on Wednesday. Microsoft is promising copy and paste, faster apps and games and better marketplace search.

Copy and Paste

Microsoft describes its implementation of copy and paste as simple and intuitive:

“In many cases you just tap a word, slide your finger to highlight any additional text, then tap the Copy icon. To insert this text in a message or app, just tap the spot where it should go, then tap the Paste icon.”

An early build with copy and paste functionality was distributed to Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 developer devices in early December. The update is available in Zune and bumps the build number of Windows Phone 7 up to 7.0.7338.0. Retail devices currently run 7.0.7004.0. A video showing how copy and paste works in Windows Phone 7 was leaked too.

Windows Phone 7 copy and paste

Faster apps and games

Microsoft is promising performance improvements in its first Windows Phone 7 update:

“Nobody likes to wait. That’s why we’ve whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It’s all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.”

One of the main criticisms of third party applications is speed and performance. Microsoft is expected to significantly improve the amount of time that it takes to open applications and resume them. The update won’t include full multi-tasking functionality but it will improve the experience of switching between applications.

Better Marketplace search

Microsoft is making improvements to the Marketplace. Users will be able to search the Windows Phone Marketplace and find the games and applications they require more quickly than before:

“We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace and you’ll see only apps or games in the results.”

Microsoft is staying quiet on the release date for its first update but has promised there will be a number of upcoming improvements to Windows Phone 7 in the coming months. WinRumors understands that Microsoft is close to finalizing the first update and it is expected to RTM by the end January and will be pushed to devices in February providing carriers approve it.

  • http://www.ironchad.com/ Chad

    Awesome news! The marketplace search is a no brainer, and I’m happy to see that.

  • Anonymous

    All welcome additions. I hope they fix the Marketplace crashes too.

    • Osu9400

      I haven’t seen any crashes on my Focus. What do you see?

    • Mikee

      No crashes on my Focus either.

  • Osu9400

    Marketplace has search TODAY it is just not obvious. Open Marketplace and hit the search button on your phone. Hidden, but very simple.

    • Calum

      The article states: “We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace and you’ll see only apps or games in the results.”

      Currently, no matter where one searches from (within the Marketplace), the results will include every section of the Marketplace.

  • PZ

    I want WP7 on VERIZON!

  • Anonymous

    anyone able to see what build wp7 was running at CES?

    • GP007

      No, it’s hard to see it unless you go to the About screen which they never did at the keynote. It’s probably one of the 75xx builds like the rumors say.

  • Kane

    I think the Marketplace crashes are when you try to open marketplace and it just gives you the ‘dots’ like it is trying to connect, then it got back to the start/home screen. When this happen, the same issue occurs with Zune/Music hub. Only fix I know of is to power cycle the phone. Only other issue I’ve seen on my Focus is when the mic doesn’t work with anything outs making phone calls.

    Despite these issues/bugs, I’m still very happy with my WP7/Samsung Focus.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5V4Z3CGVHDVGTSOKMKOT4W4ZFE Cyb3r

    still no.. custom mp3 ringtones