Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update now available

By Tom Warren, on 22nd Mar 11 5:49 pm with 76 Comments

Windows Phone 7 March 2011 update

Microsoft has started to distribute its first full Windows Phone 7 update.

The company began pushing out “NoDo” to devices on Tuesday after a number of device ROMs leaked to the Internet early. Microsoft’s first Windows Phone 7 platform update features copy and paste and a whole lot more. Windows Phone users who received the “NoDo” update early on Tuesday have confirmed that Microsoft is pushing out build 7390 under the “Windows Phone Update – March 2011″ push.

Microsoft is slowly distributing the update to a number of unbranded devices worldwide and owners should see the update notification shortly. Carrier branded devices are a whole different story. A number of mobile operators, Orange, O2 and AT&T blocked the first Windows Phone 7 patch update when it was originally released. It’s not yet clear when carrier branded devices will receive update notifications. WinRumors understands that O2 UK should be pushing the update to its range of devices on March 24 in early April.

In the mean time, here’s a quick look at what’s available in “NoDo”:

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.”

If you’re interesting in seeing it then here’s a video showing how copy and paste works in Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 copy and paste

Faster apps and games

Microsoft has also included several 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 has significantly improved the amount of time that it takes to open applications and resume them. The update doesn’t include full multi-tasking functionality but it will improve the experience of switching between applications. Microsoft will ship multi-tasking with its “Mango” update later in the year.

Better Marketplace search

Microsoft has made improvements to the Marketplace. Users are now 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.”

Wi-Fi improvements

Microsoft has now responded to criticisms of its wireless networking implementation:

We now display your phone’s Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings. (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering. To learn more, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.) We’ve also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you’ve stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.

Outlook improvements

Microsoft says it has made several Outlook mail improvements too:

We’ve improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync, and working with email display names that contain brackets (for example, “David Alexander [Contoso]“).

Messaging improvements

We’ve improved the experience of receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages if your phone uses a PIN-locked SIM

Facebook/Camera/Audio improvements

Microsoft has improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts and the stability of switching between camera and video modes in the camera application. The company has also improved the use of Bluetooth headsets during calls or playing music and videos.

Microsoft is now hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. The software giant is expected to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango”, the codename for what will likely be named Windows Phone 7.5, is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft. The software giant revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.

Microsoft is planning to mark Windows Phone 7′s first birthday with a platform release to upgrade functionality and rebrand the platform. WinRumors spoke to Achim Berg, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Marketing, at Mobile World Congress and he confirmed that the forthcoming changes are part of a platform release. Berg would not confirm the final branding for the release but did suggest that the changes are big enough to warrant a new release and point increment. Although Microsoft is still working on the release, codenamed “Mango”, the software giant is expected to brand it as Windows Phone 7.5 as an interim before the platform is aligned neatly into Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

“Mango” currently contains multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 mobile and Twitter integration. Microsoft’s unveiling in Mobile World Congress ties up some of the unknowns with “Mango” but only scrapes the surface of what the release will contain. Berg confirmed that the company is currently working on when and how they will unveil more information about “Mango”. Microsoft will unveil further information about the Internet Explorer 9 mobile component at MIX11 in April but Berg says the company will also offer more tid-bits after that. Berg hinted that this could be around the May timeframe and that Microsoft didn’t want to unveil too much too soon in case “competitors copied us”.

  • Anonymous

    One word. Excited.

  • joe

    oh yea thanks tom!

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    Lets hope that the Samsung Firmware bug doesnt pop up again, fingers crossed and well done microsoft first of many updates to come and hopefully making Windows phone 7 a top OS

  • Anonymous

    Meh. Not for me. Shows “Phone is up to date” w/ build 7004. Sammy Focus.

    Gawddam you, AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    Is not showing up here yet, but I’m refreshing every now and then ;)

  • Cdgoin

    Same here no update for Dell Venue Pro either :(

  • mwa1955

    Question: Is it AT&T USA, or Microsoft.. Not here on Samsung Focus…

  • Tom W

    Nothing for my own Focus yet :( but it came up for my HTC Trophy :)

    • w1ngnut

      Hey Tom, was the update smooth?

    • Tom W

      Yup worked very well for me

  • GP007

    Nothing here yet, and I’m not in the US or on AT&T. It’ll take time to roll out i’m sure.

  • GP007

    So the final update build did end up being 7390 like I expected. Makes the most sense, MS likes round numbers.

  • w1ngnut

    According to what’s described in official upload history page on MS’s site, there are a much more improvements in this NoDo update than those 3 basic that everyone knew of. Meaning that this 7.5 Mango release will bring much more than just Twitter, IE9 and Multithread. We already saw some rumors about NFC. Hope to see others soon.

  • Ola Johansson

    Not on my Omnia 7 yet (3 Sweden). Well, hopefully it arrives soon. The “Pre-NoDo” patch was pretty early and worked fine.

    • Brisk Mahmoud

      Nothing for my Omnia 7 either ( Sweden, 3 ) is someone well informed how long this update will be released in waves? “Phone is up to date 7008″

  • Abhimanyu Jamwal

    nothing yet :(

  • Cyb3r

    not in my HD7 … shout from india..

  • Sonny Williams


  • Sonny Williams

    I still don’t have a WP7 handset. Waiting on Verizon…. but I’m still excited for Microsoft!

  • Vlad

    Still on 7004 on my LG…. “Your phone is up to date”.

  • Anonymous

    Well after I read this article I hooked my focus up with Zune software :( no update yet.

  • Kostja M

    Guess this time they will update devices with proper firmware first and maybe then give the sammys another try.

  • Joe05

    will the phone show that an update is available or do I have to plug it into the Zune software to find out?

  • Asd

    no for mozart (7004) at turkey :(

  • Ewabeach Girl

    Yay now all im really waiting for is ringtones

  • Guest

    Nothing for my mozart yet

  • Mike

    got it for the optimus 7/telus had to plug it into the computer to be notified

  • Bogdan

    not yet for mozart orange (romania)

  • Guest

    Most of you won’t see it today and may not see it for weeks. This update process is a joke.

  • Bellamcooper

    Does it create a back up/restore point?

  • Anonymous

    Samsung focus on ATT and i still haven’t received February update :)

  • Guest

    “To ensure quality, we release updates on a staggered schedule throughout the world. Many factors influence when you’ll receive an update, including which phone model you have and which company provides your mobile service. We’re committed to delivering updates in a timely manner, but don’t be surprised if it takes a few weeks for us to notify you that an update is available for your phone. “

  • MicrosoftStatement

    To ensure quality, we release updates on a staggered schedule throughout the world. Many factors influence when you’ll receive an update, including which phone model you have and which company provides your mobile service. We’re committed to delivering updates in a timely manner, but don’t be surprised if it takes a few weeks for us to notify you that an update is available for your phone.

    • Longkheang

      Thank for reply and unbrand like my HTC HD7 from Taiwan also delay too?

    • htc mozart

      And when will you start to work on back up of sms as we are all running out of memory soon and have some pretty important sms on the phones?

  • sarkis chamelian

    wait a couple of days …..or one week after release :D

  • Gunboat

    Nothing here yet…. HTC Mozart Orange (Poland)

  • Scott

    I used FastGSM to put focus on t-mobile. I wonder were that will put me?
    Still on 7004, cant see no update which is tragic because part of my screen isn’t sensitive to touch and I am hoping a firmware fix to power distribution might fix this… BAH, yer busting my balls Microsoft! :P

  • Tvdmtac

    Nothing yet, LG Quantum… FN AT&T

  • RKB

    Not as yet on my HTC HD 7 …. Thailand

  • Matt

    Nothing here. Samsung omnia 7 – virgin AU. currently on 7008

  • Anonymous

    Wow, thats kinda crazy when you think about it.

  • Longkheang

    Exciting! but nothing happen to my phone HTC HD7 in Cambodia bought from Taiwan. :(

  • Leonyan29

    Samsung focus in Canada on Rogers. Got the predate on march 2. It went smoothly. No NoDo yet

  • rawsiswar

    how many times will you repeat “software giant”.

  • Raj

    Here in India still on v7008., more importantly MS if your reading this WHERE IS THE DAMN MARKETPLACE., STILL DOESN’T WORK HERE.

  • Hgh

    Nothing for my HTC trophy yet, carrier free :)

    • Burnsynailsea

      Hi i got it on vodafone and it went like a dream! 45 mins to update though

  • tahir

    here(iran) there is no nodo update for omnia 7 untill now
    I hope it come today

  • Amun_1

    Tom Warren. You write for WinRumors, do you have a Windows Phone 7 or an iPhone?

  • Phonixium

    Not yet for Omnia 7 in Slovenia!!! This update in shit joke!

  • Fuckedup

    ms, i need it, gtive it to mee

  • Anonymous

    One MAJOR question, will the current owners of WP7 be eligible for a WP8 update?

    Considering some of us are on 24 month contracts, that’s quite important

    Also please don’t call it WP8, its like calling the next XBox a WC(onsole)8 – not as strong

  • DylanDog

    HD7 Ukraine NoDo Not Yet!!!

  • Dfgdf

    Shit happens, my unbranded HTC Trophy 7 still don’t get any update.

  • Cg

    Nothing for HTC Mozart Orange UK

  • Gagan_garry

    NoDo is a myth. Winrumors is just spreading rumors.

    • Tom W

      Funny, I have it running on my phone just fine :)

    • Garry

      Great mate !!!! Lets contact Guinness book of world record for that :D

  • Boldmike79

    update brings nothing!!not even custom ringtones..heheh..i want to sell it to complete moron, but there is no chance to find so so so moron..sorry guys suck badly…going back to droid

  • WobblyPlague

    Up until this morning I was still on 7004 Voda Au. Forced an update via this method
    but it won’t detect nodo yet.

  • Graham O’Mara

    Time to go look here….

    Then select, USA or International

    Then scream at your telco!

  • nik

    Nothing new for Trophy in denmark…..

  • DylanDog

    In Ukraine, for HTC HD7 update is still unavailable.

  • Y.S.

    Only downside to the Windows Phone updates is it doesn’t seem like it is going to be updated across all mobile devices right away — certain ones are getting priority over others. Bah!

  • Kevinwp7

    I haven’t got the update to my HTC 7 Trophy yet, the update was released for 4 days ago :/.. I live in sweden.

  • Burnsnailsea

    trophey updated 2 days ago

  • JbbAby84

    yessssssss!!!!!!!!! i got it;-D

  • HTCUser

    Nothing yet in Belgium. Unbranded HTC Trophy.

  • Raja Faheem Saeed for those are still waiting to get their hands-on :)

  • htc mozart

    Nothing for HTC Mozart Orange yet……

  • A4248465

    Just arrived yesterday on vodafone australia with my htc trophy. Installed flawlessly and works a treat.

  • Me

    How about bringin wifi router functionality back? Or at least allowing 3rd party developers the means to write one! WinMo 6.5 supported it on the HTC HD2, why not on WinMo7 ??? I think it’s cuz MSFT is bowing to the cell phone industry nazi’s.

  • Aryan_kc2001

    I want Adobe flash player in wp7.