Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

Summary: On February 21, Microsoft officials told Windows Phone 7 (WP7) users that the company had started rolling out the first update for Windows Phone 7. Before you copy-and-paste-happy WP7 fans begin salivating -- this first update isn't NoDo.

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On February 21, Microsoft officials told Windows Phone 7 (WP7) users that the company had started rolling out the first update for Windows Phone 7.

Before you copy-and-paste-happy WP7 fans begin salivating -- this first update isn't NoDo, the coming update that many consider to be the first for Microsoft's smartphones. NoDo is slated to begin rolling out in early March, Microsoft execs recently acknowledged.

Instead, this "first" minor update is a pre-Nodo update, according to today's Windows Phone blog posting.

"This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search," the post read.

Microsoft will be pushing out this minor update gradually over the coming days. To get the update (once they receive a message letting them know it is available to them), WP7 users need to connect their phones to their PCs or Macs and download it, via the respective client software.

NoDo, when it finally arrives, will add copy-and-paste support; improved performance; better Marketplace search, and CDMA support. The next "major" update to WP7 will be "Mango," and currently is slated to be available on WP7 phones in time for holiday 2011. Mango will include Internet Explorer (IE) 9 Mobile and multitasking support for third-party applications, among other features.

Update (February 22): After reports by some WP7 users that the first update was "bricking" their phones, caution is the watchword. “We are investigating reports related to the Windows Phone update process and will provide additional information and guidance as it becomes available," a Microsoft spokesperson said when I asked whether users should hold off from installing the pre-NoDo update.

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

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  • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

    BETA OS

    Show us the Sales Numbers MICROSOFT
    Sultansulan
    • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

      @Sultansulan Oooh burn. Stick it to them! Seriously though, this post was about a pending update, not their plans to take over the world with WP7. If it was then your commentary would hold merit.
      legion_hm
    • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

      @Sultansulan grow up.
      Narg
  • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

    WooHoo - I have to wait till they come to Sprint unfortunately!
    ClickHouse
  • NoDo is the perfect name for this update

    NoDo is a good name for this - I hear this update No Do anything like cut and paste

    FAIL!
    Ron Burgundey
    • Look on the bright side...

      @Ron Burgundey

      Yes, there actually is a bright side... You see, unlike Roid phones, Microsoft IS actually releasing updates that CAN be installed on all their phones... LOL

      It's good to be the king (and have an iPhone).
      i8thecat
  • Spend more time coding...

    ...and less on code names, they might actually get somewhere. Oh wait, this is Microsoft, so....EPIC FAIL!!!
    james347
    • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

      @james347 No, James, that failure is your taking. Stop being such a troll.
      Narg
      • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

        @Narg Don't bother me, I'm talking here.
        james347
      • james347, is that what it is known as?

        I was told that you were doing something called "blithering".
        :|
        Tim Cook
  • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

    WP7 keeps getting better and better.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

      @Loverock Davidson "keep better and better"? There was still no update for WP7, so I really don't understand your comment, unless it's just trolling, of course ;)
      atari_z
      • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

        @atari_z
        The article clearly states an update is coming out to improve the update process. That will make WP7 get better and better.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

        Loverock,
        Great an update to an update.
        choyongpil
    • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

      @Loverock Davidson
      Coming from someone that does not have one, you?re a pimped Puppet!
      choyongpil
      • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

        @choyongpil

        Well I bought 4 and I'm very happy.

        You obviously don't have one either, so why are you here?
        tonymcs@...
      • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

        Tonie,
        Nice try, try harder.
        choyongpil
    • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

      @Loverock Davidson

      Better take a look here, it appears that the update is causing serious problems for some owners.


      http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/tech-tech-boom-10017860/windows-phone-7-update-is-bricking-some-handsets-10021787/
      AndyPagin
      • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

        @AndyPagin
        One specific model of phone because Samsung doesn't know how to code firmware. Not a Microsoft issue.
        Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Microsoft starts rolling out a pre-'NoDo' update for Windows Phone 7

    The good news is that it seems to be coming from Microsoft and not the carriers. Yes?
    DannyO_0x98