Yesterday I wrote about what's new in NoDo and right after Microsoft has started to roll-out its first major Windows Phone 7 firmware update (see our previous hands-on of the major improvements here). Well, sometimes it takes a little but longer, NoDo was initially expected to be rolled-out in February and after in early March, but now it's finally and somewhat officially on its way to a Windows Phone 7 near you. While Microsoft hasn't made a formal announcement, several sources at Microsoft confirmed me that it's rolling-out as well as ZDNet's always well informed Mary-Jo Foley got the same information. According to sources, the roll-out is hitting European open market devices first with carrier versions to follow after.
As a matter of fact it's expected that the whole update wave can take up to four weeks until NoDo has reached every handset and carrier. And while NoDo brings many improvements, it should be also noted that it will closes a kind of security hole which allowed to side-load homebrewed apps through ChevronWP7; something Microsoft promised to allow later through a different way anyway.
As soon as the update is available for your device, you will receive a pop-up notification on your device screen (see example above). Alternatively, the Zune software is checking for available updates as soon as a Windows Phone 7 device is connected to the PC. The update is installed either through the Zune player (for PCs) or Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Macs). An over the air update (OTA) isn't possible.
In the meantime, if you have received the NoDo update, feel free to post your device, carrier and country in the comments bellow.
UPDATE: Deutsche Telekom just confirmed in a tweet to me that it's (only Germany?) NoDo updates (for the HTC 7 Mozart and Samsung Omnia 7) is planned for end of April! Now that's really late.
UPDATE 2: Also O2 Germany has replied now and confirmed that it expects that the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update for its HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Pro will be available early April. While this is still not second half of March it's way better than Deutsche Telekom's later April confirmation.
Cheers ~ Arne