Microsoft has confirmed that it is planning to implement full backup and restore functionality with Windows Phone 7 for its first platform update.
Matt Akers, program manager on the Zune software client team, confirmed the introduction of backup and restore functions in a recent Windows Phone Radio podcast. Speaking on the podcast, spotted by WMPoweruser, Akers explained that Microsoft will introduce a full backup of Windows Phone 7 devices prior to an update being applied. Microsoft’s previous platform, Windows Mobile 6.5, required a full wipe of the system and did not offer any backup services. Windows Phone 7 will take a different stance and ensure all data is kept on the phone post update.
All settings and data is backed up and Akers explains: “any time that we prepare to do an update, which you guys will see soon, we will make a backup of your phone. The entire phone, everything on it.” Akers confirms that if something were to go wrong with the update then Microsoft can easily roll users back to a perfect state. After the update all settings and data will remain intact thanks to the backup and restore process. To hear the full details on the Windows Phone 7 backup/restore functionality, watch the video below. Although the backup/restore function appears to be for only updates, one would hope Microsoft extends this in 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 the software giant is closing to RTMing the first update, codenamed “NoDo”. 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 has also promised performance enhancements for its first update. Microsoft officially detailed its intentions for the first Windows Phone 7 update at CES 2011 last week. The company is planning to address missing copy and paste functionality, better marketplace search and improved performance for applications and games. WinRumors sat down with Greg Sullivan of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 team to talk mobile at CES. Sullivan explained that the first update will simply improve application start-up and resume times. Microsoft has been teasing build 7.0.7353.0 of Windows Phone 7 at CES to show off some of the performance improvements (see video). Microsoft is expected to release the update in early February to existing devices.