Rumor: Windows Phone 7 update on February 7

By Tom Warren, on 30th Jan 11 5:07 pm with 24 Comments

Microsoft may be gearing up to release its first Windows Phone 7 update on February 7 according to reports.

LiveSide has tracked a number of French sites that suggest Microsoft will release its first Windows Phone 7 update on February 7. There’s no proof that the date is accurate and the timing is odd given that Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer will be in Barcelona on February 14 for the Mobile World Congress. Whether or not the date is accurate, WinRumors can confirm that Microsoft has Released to Manufacturing (RTM) its first update codenamed “NoDo”.

Microsoft’s first update will improve application start-up and resume times and introduce the important copy and paste feature. Microsoft posted a support article earlier this week that details the update process for Windows Phone 7 devices. The support article has led many to believe that the update is due imminently.

Microsoft revealed earlier this week that it has now shipped 2 million devices to carriers. Microsoft previously revealed that the company had shipped 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 units between the October launch and December. Research firm IDC and application platform Appcelerator recently surveyed over 2,000 developersto work out their intent for 2011. Developer interest for Windows Phone 7 rose 8 points to 36% ‘very interested’ according to the results. IDC says the interest was “due to a better-than-expected launch.” Survey respondents also said that “Windows Phone’s improved UI was a critical factor for the increase.”

Microsoft also revealed there are now 24,000 registered Windows Phone developers and over 6,500 applications in the marketplace. Microsoft’s customer satisfaction rates on Windows Phone handsets are at 93% according to the company. Microsoft is believed to be planning to unveil 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.

Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones will keynote MIX11 this year. Belfiore is expected to layout a roadmap for the future of Windows Phone 7 and detail Microsoft’s second Windows Phone 7 update. Microsoft is also working on a major overhaul of the Windows Phone 7 browser. In a job posting, listed in November, the software maker promises a “major overhaul of standard support and new approaches to make significant advances in performance, power consumption and bandwidth utilization.” Microsoft may be ready to detail its future Internet Explorer mobile plans at MIX in April too. Microsoft is believed to be planning Flash and HTML5 support for Windows Phone 7.

  • Grannyville7989

    I’m getting a tad irritated with the delays in these updates.

    • Tom W

      No clear roadmap is definitely working against Microsoft right now. They need to be clear exactly when these updates will be delivered.

    • Grannyville7989

      Along with the Internet Explorer 9 updates and Windows 7 Service Packs :)

    • Anonymous

      It would be nice to have the IE9 RC out, but the windows 7 service pack won’t really amount to much. It’s just all the updates that are done regularly piled into one larger update, with one or two extra features that aren’t really too significant to most people.

    • Manosdoc

      plus 600+ Hotfixes

    • Grannyville7989

      You mean 60 odd hotfixes. Don’t get confused with the Windows XP hotfixes :P

    • Manosdoc

      Just do your work before posting.

    • Manosdoc
    • Grannyville7989

      Heh, that’s okay. I’m just going by the number that Windows Update gave me when I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on his new PC :)

    • Manosdoc

      That’s ok. It’s obvious that lots of those 600+ hotfixes needed alot more testing. That’s why they are included within SP1 and not through WU. But honestly windows SP1 is a massive one in terms of hotfixes.

    • Grannyville7989

      I know that the Service Pack is really nothing but a roll up of hotfixes, I’m just happy when I can expect things to arrive :)

  • Joel

    Come on already with the dang update!! You’re driving me INSANE MS!!

  • Manosdoc

    Stupid lazy carriers. Just release it already.

  • GP007

    I think it’s clear that the delay is due to the carriers being asses about it. And MS doesn’t want some group of WP7 users left out, so now we all have to wait.

  • JeepGuy25

    I sure hope this update contains more than quicker app start up and copy/paste… I have yet to find an instance when I really needed copy/paste honestly. What I DO need….is a camera that saves its settings, bluetooth that works correctly, maybe some better keyboard spacing, separate volume controls, and maybe a way to turn off the haptic feed back on the back, search and home buttons. When those updates are “imminent”…Ill be excited for an update. Otherwise I could care less about this current one…unless there is more included, which there could be since it was delayed. Hoping maybe they’re fixing some of the more pressing issues with this one..that’d be nice.

  • Manish

    Once the promised facilities in WP7 in upcoming first update come out, I will definitely purchase a new phone with WP7 just released in Inldia.

  • Brett Day
    • Cammaratgerardo

      Brett, that article seems to have been written by an illiterate 12-year old. It must suck that you have to promote yourself like this, but seriously – rather stick to your day job.

    • Harchestr

      Isn’t that a little hard…He was just giving his opinion through an article he wrote. It did say he can understand the people being not patient.

  • Qq

    Ha ha ha

  • lost815

    people can’t seriously be complaining about a phone not having an update 3 months after its release…especially if your using android.

  • &*%(*&

    so the rumor is that there’s going to be an update on the 7th,than a bigger one a week later?wtf? O_o

  • Montyelectronics

    I wish they include the following in the new update:
    1- Arabic language support with RTL
    2- I wish they make 3 columns of tiles instead of 2 in the home screen, it will surely look amassing.

  • Mun

    I dont’ care much about copy/paste right now. What is more urgent is to get a fix so the phone knows how to handle numbers that are saved with a countrycode. Pretty unbeliable that such an rookiebug has got through all testings.