During a keynote address at the CES tradeshow, Steve Ballmer laid out some of his company’s plans for Windows Phone 7.
According to the CEO of Microsoft, a number of system software updates are going to be introduced that “show we are taking feedback to heart in an effort to continue to enhance the products we release“.
This smartphone operating system is going to get support for cut-and-paste, something that has been on this company’s To-Do list for months.
In addition, Ballmer promised that developers are working to improve the speed at which Windows Phone 7 handles third-party software, bringing “significant improvement in performance when loading or switching between applications.” Most of these improvements will come to graphics-heavy apps like games.
Microsoft announced that Verizon and Sprint will begin offering devices running this operating system in the first half of this year, once support for CDMA networks has been added.
Currently, only GSM-based carriers — including AT&T and T-Mobile — can offer models running Windows Phone 7.
Steve Ballmer used part of his CES keynote to talk about the growing catalog of third-party software for this platform. At this point, there are over 20,000 developers who so far have released over 5,000 apps.
Apps that debuted or were announced at CES include an Amazon Kindle app and a Flickr client. Some of the upcoming games will take advantage of Windows Phone 7’s Xbox integration, such as Fable III: Coin Golf, Game Room, and Full House Poker.
See the Keynote
Microsoft has released a video showing Steve Ballmer’s keynote address from CES.