Rumor: Windows Phone 7 update in January will be huge, copy/paste included

Microsoft’s new mobile platform has been out just shy of one month, but Windows Phone 7 is slated for a major update in January according to a recent rumor. It’s almost funny that this is such a big deal, but copy and paste will be coming on board since it was notably absent during release just like the iPhone when it originally launched in June 2007.

Here are the key features in the upcoming update according to the rumor:

  • Bing turn-by-turn directions, improvements
  • Custom ringer support
  • Copy/Paste
  • Multi-tasking (of some form)

Chris Walsh, who contributed to the ChevronWP7 unlock tool, says that this particular update is “massive” and that Microsoft might as well call the platform “Windows Phone 8.” Walsh also says that it took Microsoft “3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years,” although that’s a bit misleading. It’s not like Apple was incapable of bringing features like copy and paste to the iPhone at launch, but wanted to perfect certain features before releasing them.

Right now all we have are these rumors and minor details – most of which don’t sound like a major overhaul – but apparently more info and screenshots will be leaking very soon. It will be interesting to see exactly what’s on the way since Walsh says that Microsoft might as well consider this a separate iteration of the platform instead of just an update. If so, it could include so many of the things users are clamoring for as well as some of that vague “polish” that most folks are saying Windows Phone 7 is lacking. So stay tuned.

[Via: WPCentral]

  • Anonymous

    The update will bring stuff that should have been there from the beginning, nothing else. No innovation whatsoever.

    • Anonymous

      Also, word was that Microsoft was working on this update before Windows Phone 7 was even released. My guess is that Microsoft wanted to get WP7 out in time for the holidays and then bring up the rear shortly after.

    • Anonymous

      The innovations are there from launch date:

      Live tiles
      typographic and content-based interface
      Xbox integration
      No icons, no “desktop”, pure digital interface

  • WP7 shows promise. The initial build is missing some serious features, but this update addresses three big ones: multi-tasking, copy/paste, and custom ringtones. Android and iOS were missing things initially too, so I’m willing to give MS a second chance. The core has potential.

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