Okay, it's well known that Microsoft's upcoming NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 will feature copy & paste, an improved Marketplace search and faster apps switching and resuming (see our hands-on videoview here). However, other than that, Microsoft was pretty shy about the other under the hood improvements. Now, the Windows Phone team has updated its Windows Phone update history page, providing further information about what users can expect from Windows Phone 7's March 2011 NoDo update or as Microsoft calls it -Windows Phone 7 OS version: 7.0.7390.0:
- Copy & Paste: You asked for it - now it's here. Just tap a word and drag the arrows to copy and paste it on your phone. You can copy text from E-Mails, text messages, web pages and Office Mobile documents and paste it anywhere you can type.
- Faster Apps and Games: Nobody likes to wait. That's why Microsoft has whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It's all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.
- Better Marketplace Search: Microsoft has streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the Apps or Games section of Marketplace and you'll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the Music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.
- Other Marketplace Improvements: Microsoft has improved the stability of Marketplace while you download apps. Microsoft has also improved the experience of downloading apps larger than 20 megabytes, upgrading from trial apps to paid apps, using a credit card with an address outside the United States, sharing links to apps via E-Mail, sorting Xbox LIVE games by release date and creating an Xbox LIVE account from within the Games Hub.
- WiFi Improvements: Windows Phone now display your phone's Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering). Microsoft has also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you've stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.
- Outlook Improvements. Microsoft has improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based E-Mail account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync and working with E-Mail display names that contain brackets (for example, "David Alexander [Contoso]").
- Messaging Improvements: Microsoft has improved the experience of receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages if your phone uses a PIN-locked SIM.
- Facebook Integration: Microsoft has improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts.
- Camera Improvements: Microsoft has improved the stability of switching between camera and video modes.
- Audio Improvements: Microsoft has improved the experience of using a Bluetooth headset to make calls when you're playing music or videos.
- Other Performance Improvements: This month's update also includes software from several phone manufacturers that improves the performance of specific models. Naturally, if you don't have one of the affected models, we won't install this portion of the update on your phone.
Still no word when exactly Microsoft plans to release its Windows Phone 7 NoDo update but if the company has already updated the change-log, it can't take too long anymore. Previously it was said that NoDo is expected to be released anytime in the second half of March.
Cheers ~ Arne