Microsoft has made some enhancements to its Marketplace Search and issued a Facebook update this week.
The software giant has added keyword search to the Marketplace Search on Windows Phone 7 devices. WPCentral reports that in the last 24 hours the Marketplace has been tweaked to allow for improved application searching from Windows Phone 7 devices themselves.
Microsoft has also issued a Facebook update for its dedicated application. The update, reported by WMPoweruser, includes the addition of Facebook Places, in-app photo tagging, a tweaked UI and improved performance. Microsoft now allows the application to continue running under the screen lock too. The responsiveness of the application, which many had griped about, has been improved greatly.
Microsoft recently confirmed that device manufacturers have shipped over 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices to carriers. Microsoft now has over 18,000 registered Windows Phone developers and has promised developer payments in January. Early estimates, based on Facebook usage, said that around 120,000+ devices had been sold, Microsoft’s admission on Tuesday blew away these early estimates and shows the platform is showing early promise. Research firm, IDC, said this week that the Windows Phone platform is off to a good start and that the level of applications in the Marketplace is impressive. Microsoft employees have famously dodged Windows Phone 7 sales questions over the past few months. Today’s sales figures will reassure developers and consumers that the platform is primed for a rosy future.
Microsoft is planning to release a Windows Phone 7 OS update in early 2011. Microsoft is officially saying that the update is due in early 2011 but WinRumors understands Microsoft officials will detail the upcoming changes at CES. Windows Phone 7 is a key part of Microsoft’s long term mobile strategy and we expect the software giant to detail a second bigger update in February at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft’s second update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications and updated Silverlight components. Microsoft’s first update recently leaked in a video of the company’s implementation of Windows Phone 7 copy and paste.
Thanks to WinRumors reader Robert Mutton for the news tip.