Rumors have surfaced that Microsoft is planning a “massive” update for Windows Phone 7 in January.
Chris Walsh, one of the developers of ChevronWP7, began hinting at a big update for Windows Phone 7 on Twitter earlier this week. “I’m hearing the first WP7 update is going to be MASSIVE” said Walsh. He later added “they could have called it Windows Phone 8.”
Ina Fried over at All Things Digital’s Mobilized has called Walsh out and suggested that the update is “no iPhone killer”. Fried confirms that the biggest key feature will be copy and paste, as promised, and CDMA support. Microsoft is expected to announce a number of new Sprint and Verizon based Windows Phone 7 devices at the Consumer Electronics show in early January.
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 promise tethering, copy and paste, map improvements and a basic implementation of multi-tasking for third party applications. Microsoft will also make a number of changes to device settings to allow for further customisation by end users.
Microsoft’s first WP7 update will be welcomed by many who critiqued it for a lack of features. Don’t get your hopes up that everything will be fixed but rest assured Microsoft will be issuing regular updates throughout next year.