Microsoft promises Windows Phone 7 update details next week

Speaking on Microsoft’s German Facebook page, spotted by WMPoweruser, Microsoft officials hint at Mobile World Congress for further details on the first platform update for Windows Phone 7:

Microsoft has promised to detail its plans next week for the first Windows Phone 7 update.

Microsoft is also expected to detail new Windows Phone 7 hardware requirements next week. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is due to hold a keynote address at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 14. Microsoft may use the event to unveil new hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress 2010 and supplied the original button specifications for hardware manufacturers.

Microsoft’s first platform update will include the highly anticipated copy and paste feature. Windows Phone 7 copy and paste has been demonstrated earlier this week in full thanks to an unlocked emulator. Microsoft’s first update will also improve application start-up and resume times. Microsoft posted a support article recently that details the update process for Windows Phone 7 devices.

“NoDo”, the codename for Microsoft’s first Windows Phone 7 update, will ship in early March according to recent reports. The software giant RTM’d the update in December and has been busy preparing the Zune client software and Marketplace to handle the updated software. WinRumors understands the update has been delayed a number of times due to concerns from operators and device manufacturers.

Microsoft has shipped 2 million devices to carriers and is expected to announce further progress and updates at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona next week. Microsoft and Nokia both announced a strategic partnership on Friday allowing Nokia to create a range of Windows Phone 7 devices. Nokia is holding a press event on Sunday but it’s not likely to unveil its Windows Phone 7 hardware. Ballmer said on Friday that hardware will be unveiled in the coming weeks or months. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop confirmed that the company will be able to create a Windows Phone 7 quickly thanks to joint-engineering efforts.


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