Paul Thurrott, a rather reliable old chap over on Windows IT Pro, has heard rumours that Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone 7 might be delayed until 2012. Nokia was said to be holding off for Mango before releasing its first WP7 handset.
Mango, which will bring multitasking and IE9 with partial HTML 5 support, is still officially expected before the end of the year. However, Paul’s sources tell him that that target is now “a near impossibility”.
If Mango is indeed delayed, Nokia will have to decide whether to release upgradeable handsets with ageing firmware, or hold off until 2012 for fully ripened Mango goodness.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited NoDo update, which will finally bring copy-and-paste and improved Marketplace searching, is expected in the next few weeks.
It hasn’t been the best of starts for Windows Phone 7. It was initially criticised for omitting key features available in other operating systems, such as the aforementioned copy-and-paste. It also faces a massive uphill battle against the ridiculously popular Android.
And when it recently rolled out its pre-update for NoDo, it was said to brick a number of Samsung Omnia 7s. Oops.