Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, keynoting the Mobile World Congress conference on February 14, announced a set of features that Microsoft is promising it will bring to Windows Phone 7 in 2011.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, keynoting the Mobile World Congress conference on February 14, announced a set of features that Microsoft is promising it will bring to Windows Phone 7 in 2011.

Ballmer also confirmed, as expected, that the first Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed "NoDo," will be out in early March 2011.

Microsoft's press release outlining today's announcements did not specify how many Windows Phone 7 updates Microsoft plans to release this year. Nor did it use the codename "Mango," which is the first major update for Windows Phone 7, expected to be available on WP7 devices this fall/holiday season. Ballmer did mention "a significant release" due later this year during his remarks, which, presumably, is a reference to Mango.

But Microsoft did announce that the following updates will be added to WP7 in calendar 2011:

  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud (Skydrive Docs), going beyond the current OneNote integration
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9  (IE Mobile 9)
  • A "new wave of multitasking applications" (i.e., third-party applications get multitasking support)

Ballmer (and the Microsoft press release from today) also made no mention of when Microsoft plans to make available to carriers CDMA support. I've gotten lots of questions about when Sprint and Verizon will be launching Windows Phone 7 devices. Some had expected the NoDo update to provide CDMA support, but there was no word today whether this will be the case. I've noted previously that I have heard CDMA WP7 phones may not be out until this summer.

Update: Microsoft execs say that CDMA support will be part of NoDo. The first Windows Phone 7 devices are coming from Verizon and Sprint should be out in the first half of calendar 2011, a spokesperson reconfirmed today.

Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management, emphasized during his demonstrations of an early version of "the significant update" of the Windows Phone 7 code that the IE 9 code on the phone includes the same core IE 9 code that runs on the PC. That means apps and sites designed for IE 9 will run automatically on WP7, he said.

Belfiore also showed off the ability for Windows Phones to integrate with Kinect, allowing phone users to participate in games using their avatars (support for which will be coming at some point down the road).

Microsoft execs declined to comment when I asked whether there will be any WP7 updates between NoDo and Mango. (Not a good sign, I'd say. I'm thinking that means no.) Based on today's keynote, it sounds to me like anything that isn't part of NoDo will have to wait until Mango....

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

    Ballmer also confirmed, as expected, that the first Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed ?NoDo,? will be out in early March 2010.

    #corrections
    Resplendent
    • thanks

      Fixing. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • still vaporware!

    even if Ballmer claims to travel back in time.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

      @Linux Geek LOL! A Linux geek would know about vaporware. Meego ring a bell? Symbian's death ring a bell? Linux achieving a 1% market share on desktop PCs ring a bell. Only thing you Linux idiots have is Android.

      ROTLOL!!!
      JoeHTH
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @JoeHTH Is Linux relevant here? Do you want to tell us that you were able to read his username? I don't know, but I believe you are a troll. You also didn't seem to get the facts all right in here; Symbian has nothing to do with Linux, don't make stupid assumptions just because you are, or at least seem, to be stupid yourself. Linux dominates Windows in every other market than the desktop PC market (that is, embedded devices, web servers, supercomputers, mobile devices...). Why are we Linux users idiots? Because you think so? Well, then you M$ fans are idiots because I think so about you, right, because what I think is the only thing which matters, especially when I have no reason to back that up? Thank you, have a nice day, try to grow up and don't be a baby :)
        antoarts
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @antoarts,
        "Linux dominates Windows in every other market than the desktop PC market (that is, embedded devices, servers, supercomputers, mobile devices...). "

        Maybe you should remove servers from your list,

        http://blogs.computerworld.com/15675/idc_windows_dominates_linux_in_servers_not_just_the_desktop
        dvm
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @dvm If you read the comments on that article, there are statements saying that the company behind that research only counted pre-installed operating systems on newly shipped servers, not those who have had something else installed afterwards or existing servers. Most other sources say that Linux dominates.
        antoarts
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @antoarts,
        "Most other sources say that Linux dominates. "

        Any links to support this?
        dvm
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @dvm
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems#Servers

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux#Market_share_and_uptake
        Second paragraph: "IDC's Q1 2007 report indicated that Linux held 12.7% of the overall server market at that time. This estimate was based on the number of Linux servers sold by various companies, and did not include server hardware purchased separately which had Linux installed on it later. In September 2008 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that 60% of web-servers run Linux versus 40% that run Windows Server."

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_adoption#Servers
        antoarts
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @antoarts,<br><br>I read your posts, and the numbers are focused on web servers. For example, one of your Wikepedia links mention, "In September 2008 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that 60% of web-servers run Linux versus 40% that run Windows Server.[77]" f you notice, SB and the article was focused on web servers, not servers running SQL, Exchange, SharePoint and others well used enterprise applications, which only runs on Windows Server.<br><br>Here another line from other of your links,<br>"This method, however, only includes servers publicly accessible on Internet."<br>So it looks like you are focused on web servers, and I agree that MS doesn't have an advantage on that market. But when you see what companies and enterprises run for collaboration (SharePoint, Exchange, Lync/OCS), directory services (Windows Server w AD) and management (System Center), you will notice that MS has the advantage inside the enterprise, like my original post mentions.
        BTW, I'm not saying that Linux is garbage or weak. It is an excellent enterprise ready OS, but the same can be said of Windows Server.
        dvm
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @dvm Might be. I will change "servers" to "web servers" in my original post
        antoarts
      • Uhh ... and servers ... and supercomputers ... and

        ... embedded devices ... and (still) a significant share of netbooks ... and network switches ... and storage devices ...

        And, with basically no advertising and lots of resistance from unscrupulous profit-at-any-ethical-cost competitors, 1% of desktops - which, in spite of your derision, is a LOT of desktops (and almost certainly underreported anyway).

        Maybe you get my point. Not sure.
        daboochmeister
  • Sigh

    Maybe this partnership with Nokia will jump start all of these promises from Ballmer.

    I am personally tired of all the hot air coming out of his mouth. Action not words!
    dragosani
    • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

      @dragosani What hot air? WP7 is not even 4 months old. What else do you expect Ballmer to talk about. If you don't like Ballmer or Microsoft, there are plenty of alternatives.
      JoeHTH
    • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

      @dragosani

      I agree. Microsoft HAD a ten year head start in smart phones!!!

      These announced so-called features have been standard on most other smartphone for quite awhile!
      PMUP
      • But we've been informed that we don't want features

        @PMUP ... The advertising message from Microsoft is 'its time for a phone to save us from our phones', and belabors the point with extended ridicule of people who are using smartphones. If I don't want a smartphone (and I happen to not want one) I'll just get a non-smart phone and leave it at that.

        You start putting copy-and-paste, twitter and documents in to the phone OS, then you're going to turn in to the dorks and social misfits parodied in the first two commercials from CP&B.

        Maybe Microsoft's commercials can inform me of how I feel about phones to adapt to this new four legs good, two legs better environment.
        HollywoodDog
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @HollywoodDog

        You've got it all wrong. It's not that we don't want/need features. It's that we want those features to be integrated and to work faster and easier, providing "glance and go" information, rather than having to go into specific applications to get at the info we want.

        The Twitter integration into the people hub sounds like a perfect example of this.
        Warp99
  • MS biggest scam: International availability

    What is WP7 needs the most are not these features (however nice/needed a long time ago), but international access to ALL features of WP7/Zune ecosystem and translation to more languages.

    Consider that WP7 is happily marketed by official channels in my country (Czech Republic) without access to ANY services that make this platform what it is, including access to browse Market place - even for free apps. Zume, forget it. You need to hack the registry to be even able to download a free app from Market place.

    That is a scam of monumental proportions on MS side! They are marketing a product that simply does not have advertised functionality unless you live in USA, that being the only country in the world that actually has the full functionality of all services enabled.

    Moreover, WP7 is only distributed in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian, other nations are out of luck unless you want to use the product completely in one of these languages.

    As far as I know, there are at least 17 countries all over the world in the same situation:
    Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan.
    payaxy
    • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

      @payaxy Your complaint is about the carriers and OEMs, not Microsoft. (Microsoft doesn't build a single phone.)
      NoAxToGrind
      • RE: Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011

        @NoAxToGrind

        Sidekick and KIN to failures built by Microsoft!
        PMUP