Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

Summary: On March 22, Microsoft began trickling out the first of its major Windows Phone 7 operating-system updates, codenamed "NoDo." The full rollout may take weeks.

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On March 22, Microsoft began trickling out the first of its major Windows Phone 7 operating-system updates, codenamed "NoDo."

“We’ve begun to gradually roll out the Copy & Paste update, starting small with open market phone customers in parts of Europe this week. More to come," said a Microsoft spokesperson, when I asked about the company's planned timetable for the rollout.

NoDo includes, as the spokesperson noted, copy-and-paste functionality. It also includes, as expected, improvements to Marketplace Search, improvements in app performance, wifi performance, messaging improvements and overall OS performance tweaks. (MobileTechWorld.com has an itemized list of all the updates that are part of NoDo.)

Microsoft originally planned to roll out the NoDo update earlier this year. After a rocky "minor" update to WP7 handsets, company officials decided to postpone the NoDo update until the latter half of this month. I had heard from my contacts that NoDo's rollout finally would kick off this week.

It sounds as though Microsoft and its carrier partners are going to take possibly as long as four weeks to roll out NoDo to all existing phone customers.Microsoft officials have said the company has shipped two million WP7 handsets to its retail partners to date.

New WP7 handsets, like the recently announced HTC Arrive on Sprint, are shipping with NoDo preinstalled. Verizon users still don't have any WP7 handsets available to us, but there has been talk that Verizon might finally get the HTC Trophy WP7 handsets on their network -- or at least announce intentions to do so -- before the end of March.

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Microsoft, Mobility, IT Employment, Windows

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  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

    Looking forward on this update.
    But I think I maybe getting this update probably next week depending on my carrier.

    After this copy&paste update, I am looking forward to the task switcher which looks totally awesome.

    Windows Phone 7 For The Win!!!
    iluvmsft
    • You'll have to wait another year for the next update

      @iluvmsft - that 'task switcher' (multitasking) will be in the next update, codenamed 'Mango'.

      But that update will only arrive in handsets in 2012. After waiting 7 months for Copy & Paste, you'll have to wait another year for full multitasking.

      Windows Phone 7 leaves users waiting years to get it fixed, to get basic OS functionality that all other OSes already have.

      Maybe Windows Phone 7 will never get fixed, because in 2012 Microsoft is planning to do another platform reset, and squeeze its desktop Windows 8 into a phone.
      Vbitrate
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @zndac <br>I've been wondering something similar. With WP8 (or whatever it might be called) on the way probably in 2012 and no major WP7 upgrades for some time to come, I am left to wonder just how many more upgrades MS will make for WP7 . . . and I am particularly curious as to just how many WP7 handsets will be able to be upgraded to WP8 . . . and how much it will cost to do so!
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @zndac
        7 months?
        WP7 launched in Europe in October 2010 and US in November. By my math that's just over 5 months.

        Seeing that the iPhone didn't get an app store for a year, copy 'n' paste and video recording for 2 years or application switching for 3 years then Microsoft are fast tracking compared to Apple.

        Where does the 2012 date come from? Microsoft said it would be in 2011 and demoed it at MWC. They haven't announced anything to the contrary. MJF says she hasn't heard anything different either.

        Of course I'm sure you can point me to some random blog somewhere saying it's delayed. But of course, you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet...
        dazzlingd
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @dazzlingd<br>"Seeing that the iPhone didn't get an app store for a year, copy 'n' paste and video recording for 2 years or application switching for 3 years then Microsoft are fast tracking compared to Apple."<br><br>This is a fallacious argument. WP7 is not competing with iOS or any other OS as they were 2 or 3 years ago. They are competing with how those OSes are NOW, WP7 is competing with what features and abilities they have NOW! That argument applies to all of OSes; they are competing against each other NOW!
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @ptorning<br><br>Windows Mobile had all of those features for years before iOS, why the double standard for Microsoft? If consumers can wait 3 years to get multitasking on iOS even though Windows Mobile, Android, and webOS had it, then why is a 1 year wait for Windows Phone users a big deal?<br><br>Compared to the speed that Apple moves to update iOS, Microsoft is moving extremely fast. It took 2 years for Apple just to add copy and paste, but it only took Palm and Microsoft a few months to add copy/paste to webOS and WP7.
        cool8man
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @cool8man

        The problem is that you are debating history. I am not trying to "bag" MS; simply trying to point-out that what matters is what is available now, or in the very immediate future. Are you looking at a computer now because it might someday include some feature available only in Windows 10 or 11 or 12? Of course not. When the average consumer walks into a store, they ask, "What can it do?" And then they compare what the device can do to other, similar devices. Only technophiles, like us, might ask, "What can it do in the future?"
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @ptorning<br><br>I think the point is that when Apple released the iPhone, competing platforms, (such as PalmOS, Blackberry and Symbian) already had multitasking and copy and paste. I know my Treo could stream audio from several third party applications while I browsed the Web or checked email *years* before the iPhone launched.
        x I'm tc
      • Wow thats lame FUD. Mango will be out this fall.

        MS has publicly said so. And despite missing a few features others already have WP7 has things they dont as well and is still a much better overall experience. Plus it's already proven more secure and reliable. And I bet even if they come out with WP8 next year it'll still be a free sw upgrade to existing customers.
        Johnny Vegas
      • ptorning, iphone was competing with OSs

        @zndac
        at that thime that those others had those features when the iphone did not.

        Why was it acceptable then with Apple, but not now with Microsoft?
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

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    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

      @iluvmsft

      +1
      mikroland
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @Mister Spock and @dazzlingd

        The reason why there is such a bigfuss with WP7 delays in getting basic features is that the iPhone 1 beat the other available OSes DESPITE not having features like copy & paste. Therefore people were prepared to wait.

        WP7 is nice, but it isn't enough when against a well-estblished iPhone 4 (and soon-to-come 5) to have people prepared to wait for the updates.

        I say this as a Touch Diamond user with no history of Apple purchases. I desperately need to find a new phone but have not found a single current OS that allows me to do what I can do on my touch diamond (i.e. sync with desktop Outlook and tether, both for free).
        meister2681
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

    I have a Samsung Focus on AT&T in the US, and i'm still waiting on the Feb 2011 update. Hope i get that one, and the "NoDo" update soon!
    Justin071894
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

      @Justin071894

      You and me both!
      Aeon Locke
    • You will. MS has publicly stated that all updates are cumulative.

      AT&T is the biggest WP7 seller in the US so I think we would have heard about it if they were blocking the upadte. I'm confident they wont and you will get it during the AT&T/focus scheduled phase of the rollout
      Johnny Vegas
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @Johnny Vegas
        Has AT&T rolled out any wp7 updates? I have a focus, my wife has an LG and a coworker has an HTC. No updates on any of them. What is the hold up? who can I call?
        ebnador
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo' updates start in Europe with unlocked phones

        @Johnny Vegas
        I guess AT&T is busy now buying T-mobile. It takes time to count 39bil :)
        paul2011
      • counting money

        @paul2011, well, counting that sum takes sometime, but I don't think that's a factor. Obvious Microsoft just want be cautious, I don't think you need to wait for weeks.
        jk_10