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Windows Phone 7 Update Could Be Huge

David Gilbert


There's nothing like a a big boastful statement to brighten up these dark December mornings - whether or not it is true. So claims the imminent Windows Phone 7 update could be akin to Windows Phone 8 sparked our interest no end. Whether or not this is true, what we do know - officially from Microsoft - is that a copy and paste function will definitely be included in the first update. While informative, this statement doesn't really have the same excitement to it though.

Earlier in the week, a developer behind a jailbreaking app for WP7 called Chevron WP7, Chris Walsh, has been quoted as saying the new update would not only bring the copy and paste function but would bring so much added functionality "they could have called it Windows Phone 8." Among the other improvements that are rumoured in the update are improvements to Bing’s turn-by-turn directions, custom ringer support and multi-tasking of some form.

In an attempt to quell the hype, Microsoft made this statement yesterday: "Microsoft is committed to delivering regular updates to the Windows Phone experience. Our first update will make copy & paste available in early 2011. In addition to this first update, all Windows Phone 7 users should expect to see additional updates delivered in the future as part of Microsoft's ongoing update process."

Walsh's claims all sound very interesting but the Microsoft statement dampened the excitement a little. However it seems clear that 2011 will be an exciting time for WP7 as it looks to increase its market share and entice new users to its OS.

Walsh, who has apparently been leaked some information on the update, has promised to post some screenshots of the new update at some stage today so stay tuned for more…ah, updates.

Via Windows Phone Central

Michael 2

December 1, 2010, 4:46 pm

Oooo juicy stuff! Hope it pans out to be true.

I thInk MS needs to keeps the momentum up with WP7 for it to work. Just hope the update is actually released to end users rather than being held back or blocked by nasty networks.


December 1, 2010, 4:58 pm

Not sure I believe it. One loose Tweet and the world's online media start reporting it as fact. That way disappointment lies.

@TR - I'd have loaded the scepticism a little more.


December 1, 2010, 5:03 pm

@Michael2 - from what I understand the manufacturers and networks have little opportunity to stuff up WP7 - and, as a consequence have to compete on h/w features and network services.

Michael 2

December 1, 2010, 11:26 pm

@Kaurisol - Historically that's not been the case with Windows Mobile and isn't proving so with Android.

Ultimately, are you foolish enough to trust your network? Or outrageously insane enough to EVEN trust Microsoft!!?

I'll believe it when I see it.

Arctic Fox

December 2, 2010, 9:07 pm

@Michal 2.

With all respect one does not need to "trust" MS, one just has to take a look at what they consider to be in their commercial interests in _today's_ smart-phone market. One of the big marketing advantages from their point of view with regard to competing with Android (fine os, have a Wildfire myself) is that _they_ have insisted on controlling updates. From my point of view the one thing that _really_ pees me off with Google's os is the willfully lackadaisical approach of the producers to basic upgrades and the cock that several of the telcos make of the os with their "improvements". If one then adds to that the fact that an idiot like me who was foolish enough to pay full price is right at the back of the queue for _everything_ from the producers one can readily see why MS would see it as in their own vital self-interest to distinguish WP7 from that kind of palaver. One does not have "trust" anyone - just "follow the money"!


December 2, 2010, 11:25 pm

I agree Arctic Fox. contracts are not cheap and increasingly people are having to commit to 24 months.

The idea of two years with an Android phone that may or may not get available updates vs. a Windows Phone with regular major updates (we hope) is something MS will be hoping people ponder before committing themselves.

Arctic Fox

December 3, 2010, 2:31 am


Indeed I believe that it can only be good for the market as a whole and, ironically enough, good for Android for the very simple reason that if the issue of update control shows itself to be a genuine deal-maker for WP7 (as MS clearly believe) then this will put pressure on the producers of Android-based phones to make the "food chain" rather more customer friendly than it is at the moment. That would scarcely harm Android's position in the market! I have come to the conclusion that I still prefer to buy off contract (contracts are not actually in sum a cheap option - as you point out in your post) but as long as the producers and the telcos treat Android customers the way they do I will not be going for a "google-phone" next year when I go for something high-end. Not because I am displeased with the os or my current phone but I am very displeased with the way the producers treat full price customers. I don't expect special treatment but I do not expect to have to wait most of a year whilst the cellcos slowly update their customers and HTC (in my case) will not release to non-contract customers until their buddies (the cellcos) finally _have_ completed releasing 2.2 to contract customers. No, for those reasons my choice will likely be between a WP7 or something from Nokia with meego on it - I am rather looking forward to taking a look at Nokia's N9 and various WP7 offerings next year! Whatever, it will not be a rushed decision and neither will it, in the present market situation, be another Android. I simply will not pay £400 - £500 just to be treated like that.

Michael 2

December 3, 2010, 4:27 am

@arctic fox

I agree. However, MS are a little more cloak and dagger than that. MS have clouded the picture with misleading info and are not directly releasing updates to consumers unless your phone is network unlocked. I think it is greatly in their interests to do this and they're aware of this, but they are only a software vendor and must pander to their partners whims.

Thus networks can block updates if they wish; to force an upgrade etc, for an unspecified length of time. Apple have REALLY got it right here.


December 3, 2010, 3:58 pm

@Michael 2 - you're wrong. I understand why and that's because the media reported things inaccurately.

Anyway, updates come direct from MS but networks can block one update. When the next one is ready that goes out. That's the theory. We'll see how it pans out.

Link for fact in case you're interested:


Arctic Fox

December 4, 2010, 7:51 am


Thanks for that link. That clarifies some of the crucial detail that has generally been missing from published accounts hitherto. The remarks by the AT&T rep were also very interesting. It may be that some of the carriers are beginning to realise how much they have annoyed their customers. His remark about ensuring that customers get a proper flow of updates such that the upgrades are not held hostage, so to speak, in an attempt to force customers to buy a new contract/phone was _particularly_ interesting. _That_ particular shenanigan is something that both the mob-producers and the cellcos most certainly have been guilty of on a large scale with the Android phones - indeed their behavior has been fairly shameless in that area. It is a pity because it is excellent os and many of the phones are fine pieces of kit. Another example from the industry in general perhaps of short-term gain overriding long term _intelligent_ self-interest? I hope very much that what we have now heard from MS and AT&T really means that _someone_ in the industry at any rate really has "got it". A display of genuinely constructive self-interest would be _very_ refreshing. I do not expect them to be charities but I do expect them to understand that they have more to gain in the long term by a good relationship to their customers than they have to gain by what I can only describe as short term fleecing of their poor benighted "punters"! We can only hope that it really does turns out to be the case.


December 6, 2010, 5:02 pm

every update should be a bonus for what i beleive to be a great os on the wp7 phones but i do hope the update includes the ability to connect to other phones via bluetooth. As it stands at the moment HTC have informed me that windows have tied the bluetooth compatability down to headsets, in car kits and wp7 phones only.

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