Microsoft Could Be Prepping Two Updates for Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft is going to add cut-and-paste functionality to Windows Phone 7 in an update that’s expected to be released in January. This will supposedly be closely followed by a second update that could bring greater support for multi-tasking.

Even before it was released in the fall, this operating system was widely criticized by experts for its lack of support for cutting, copying, and pasting text. Microsoft realized the problem, and has promised to add this feature to Windows Phone 7. This update will reportedly be released at the Consumer Electronics Tradeshow in early January.

A Second More Sweeping Update
An unconfirmed report indicates that Microsoft is prepping a second update for its smartphone operating system this winter. This will supposedly be announced by CEO Steve Ballmer in his keynote address at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in February.

Lack of multi-tasking is another area for which Windows Phone 7 has been criticized, and Microsoft might be adding greater support for running simultaneous applications in its second update.

In-app downloads will also reportedly be added to this operating system, and its support for Silverlight will be improved.

Microsoft is also working on improving the mobile version of Internet Explorer. According to a job posting the company made last month, this will be a “major overhaul of standard support and new approaches to make significant advances in performance, power consumption and bandwidth utilization.” It’s not clear when this will be available, but it could be part of the rumored February update.

In addition, at some point, this company is going to release software that will allow devices running Windows Phone 7 to synchronize with desktops and laptops running Apple’s Mac OS X.

More about Microsoft Windows Phone 7
Windows Mobile smartphones were primarily used by business people, though many pro-sumers owned them too. Microsoft is aiming its new mobile operating system almost entirely at consumers; it’s new UI emphasizes social networking, pictures, multimedia, games, etc.

It works with Microsoft’s Zune music service, as well as the Xbox Live gaming service.

Still, this operating system includes some hold-overs from Windows Mobile that business users want: Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.

Windows Mobile was created in the days when most people controlled their smartphone with a stylus or D-pad. Windows Phone 7 has also been redesigned to be fingertip-friendly.

Those with devices running earlier versions of Microsoft’s mobile OS should be aware that their third-party software won’t run on the latest models.

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