SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft is readying a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) update for release in March.
The Vole was supposed to release its first major update to WP7 on 7 February, however that day came and went, leading to a new release date of 8 March according to Neowin's sources. The headline features of the update include copy and paste, CDMA support and performance improvements.
Neowin claims its source at a European mobile operator said the delay was due to last minute changes by Microsoft and phone manufacturers. Once those changes are implemented, a two to three week testing period will be required.
Microsoft is expected to talk about the WP7 update at next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC), where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be giving a keynote. While Ballmer might mention the update, it is unlikely, says Neowin, that the update will be available before March.
Samsung's comments to WPCentral also chime in predicting a March release for the WP7 update, with a spokesperson saying that the company will confirm a release date at MWC.
Microsoft's first update to WP7 is being billed as something of a service pack for the operating system, bringing functionality that was expected but missing at its initial release.
What isn't clear yet is whether all WP7 handsets will have access to the update at its release or whether fragmentation will occur. µ
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