Windows Phone 7 update: Microsoft dishes the details

Windows Phone 7 update: Microsoft dishes the detailsMicrosoft has dished some fresh details on the forthcoming update to Windows Phone 7, the first fresh lick of paint for the fledgling OS since its launch in October.

As expected, copy and paste is the most significant new feature – Microsoft has been promising it would be part of the first update practically since WP7's launch, so no surprise there.

We have been given a glimpse of just how it will work, however, and it looks every bit as intuitive as on the likes of Android and iOS. A side-swipe of the finger selects text, at which point a Copy icon will appear on screen. Simply tap it to copy, move to where you want the text to be inserted and tap Paste, and voila – job done.

Microsoft says it's also streamlined the OS to reduce the amount of time apps take to launch and resume. And speaking of apps, the Marketplace search facility is finally being fixed so that searching for an app while in the games section, for example, will only return results from that section, rather than from the whole Marketplace.

As for the timeframe for the update, Microsoft isn't saying, though the smart money is for it to start heading out over the air in the next few weeks – possibly after being revealed at Mobile World Congress in mid-February.

Still, it's far from the radical overhaul many were expecting – back in December, one Microsoft insider predicted the update would be so comprehensive they could practically call it Windows Phone 8.

It seems the really significant steps forward are instead being lined up for later in the year, when a major update codenamed Mango is set to hit the airwaves.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2011 at 09:42

So there is hope?! Good. But hey, for 5 years or so all winmo phones have had the "update" app to check for software updates. Never happened. Not once. But I'm sure this time it'll work ;) By Ballmer

rsg  Jan. 19, 2011 at 09:45

Haters gonna hate.

3 Months in an an update is coming out already. In a years time they'll most likely have caught up with every other major player - software wise.

That and, their implementation is leaps and bounds ahead. I've had an iPhone and an Android device - they don't stack up IMO.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2011 at 09:55

True. They will probably catch up, and Symbian ^3 and Android were hardly perfect on launch day ;)

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