MWC 2011: Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 update in March


MWC 2011: Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 update in March

Jenny Williams

Microsoft has confirmed an update to its Windows Phone 7 operating system will be available next month.

At the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Microsoft said the first major product update will be coming in the first two weeks of March. The Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS upgrade will include copy and paste functionality and faster application performance.

Other new features of Windows Phone due in 2011, including Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), multitasking capabilities, support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud and the addition of Twitter to the "People Hub", will be available by the second half of the year.

"Over the next year, the company will continue to work with third parties on phone innovation and will add new features and apps that customers want and that make using Windows Phone 7 a delightful experience," said JP Wollersheim, a Windows Phone 7 product manager.

"Microsoft also will work to engage more of the nearly 80% of worldwide phone users who are not using a smartphone," said JP Wollersheim.

Microsoft announced a partnership with Nokia last week to use WP7 on the handset maker's devices. Microsoft said it will be "targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012".

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