Windows Phone 7 users should mark February 2011 in their calendars, because it seems Microsoft is one step ahead of them at the moment as in February 2011 at the Mobile World Congress it is expected that a second major update to the mobile OS Windows Phone 7 will be brought to its users.
Microsoft’s second update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications. Microsoft is expected to open up several new APIs that will allow for greater multi-tasking, in-app downloads and better customization for end users. Microsoft is currently compiling beta builds of the update and has shipped some early bits to external beta testers. One tester, who did not want to be named, claimed the update will excite developers. “The update includes some great new features for developers, Windows Phone 7 apps in 2011 will certainly become more interesting.”
Microsoft is also working on a major overhaul of the Windows Phone 7 browser. In a job posting, listed in November, the software maker promises a “major overhaul of standard support and new approaches to make significant advances in performance, power consumption and bandwidth utilization.” It’s possible that part of the overhaul could be seen in the point release in February but most of the significant changes will be reserved for the upcoming Windows Phone 8 update.
Topping the list of features and changes in the update is much-reported copy and paste functionality which was last week rolled out to select developer devices. Microsoft has repeatedly confirmed that copy and paste will be coming to consumer devices in ”early 2011”.
It’s kind of hard to argue with the postulation that Steve Ballmer wouldn’t be keynoting MWC in 2011 without something significant to announce. Word is that users will be getting added customization options for their phones, while developers will gain an extra few API hooks and controls that will ideally lead to more sophisticated apps in WP7′s future.