Thursday, January 6, 2011

Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 7 Update Features


Microsoft has started a dedicated website for Windows Phone 7 updates which are scheduled to hit devices soon. We know that the Copy/Paste update is close by as Microsoft reconfirmed it for early 2011.

The site is referring to the most recent update which is about to hit devices soon, counting the features and fixes it will add to current Windows Phone 7 devices. While there's no mention of update codenames nor the time of the deploy, the first feature mentioned is indeed Copy/Paste, as Joe Belfiore announced it at the platform launch keynote.

The update will allow you to Copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents and Paste wherever text input is available. As far as the process is concerned, "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".

Performance improvements seem to be also present in the upcoming update to deliver faster apps and games. The time to launch applications and games, as well as times needed for these to resume have been allegedly shortened to make things easier and faster.

Marketplace search has been improved to get context sensitive results. As an effect, pressing the Search button within the Apps section of Marketplace will only bring up App title results. Same works for games and music so you will no longer be presented with a common list of results scattered all over the sections of the Marketplace.

If you haven't disabled the Phone Updates check within the Settings of your Windows Phone 7, the device will automatically notify you of the existence of a refresh via a pop-up message, after which you need to connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable to apply. One more thing: the URL of the page is referring to month January (january-update). Excited yet?


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