Windows Phone 7 Updates for 2011 Get Detailed

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is expected to deliver some software updates for its new Windows Phone 7 during the ongoing year, and some more info on them has just emerged into the wild.

We already knew that the company is readying the release of such software updates for its mobile users, but little was known on what the software would actually include.

However, Paul Thurrott of Windows Phone Secrets has just unveiled some info on the upcoming updates for Windows Phone 7, including details on the internal codenames for them.

At the moment, there are only two Windows Phone 7 updates that are known for sure to be on their way to handsets during the ongoing year, both of which were rumored before.

The first of them should RTM this week, while being set to arrive on handsets sometime in early February, with the codename of NoDo attached to it.

NoDo should come with copy&paste, as well as with support for the Qualcomm 7×30 smart phone chipset, a CDMA location stack, and a series of other fixes as well.

Apparently, the NoDo name means “No Donuts,” and has nothing to do with the Android platform version that Google released last year, as Charlie Kindel stated on Twitter several hours ago.

The other update that Windows Phone 7 is known to taste this year is a major one, codenamed Mango (a name we've heard before), but which might not be the next update after NoDo.

This software should bring forth “Internet Explorer 9 with the Trident 5 rendering engine, HTML 5 and Silverlight, and gesture support,” Paul Thurrott notes.

No info on when the update would land emerged, but some info on its version numbering is available. Apparently, this update would come from the 75xx” code branch, and it would be called Windows Phone 7.2 at the moment.

It remains to be seen whether Microsoft would chose to deliver it as Windows Phone 7.5 or not, but we can only hope that it won't. After all, end-users are still remembering the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform version, which was a disappointment for many of them.

Other details available on this update include the fact that it “is referred to as the 'entertainment' branch, which suggests that Microsoft might include various enhancements in this area too.

It should also be noted that Microsoft has chosen to deliver Windows Phone 7 updates more often than before, in a manner similar with the Services Packs it offers to its desktop users.

Hot right now  ·  Latest news