WP7 update to bring copy/paste, multitasking, Bing upgrades, and custom ringers

WP7 update to bring copy/paste, multitasking, Bing upgrades, and custom ringers
Windows Phone 7 early adopters are chomping at the bit for their first major update, expected in January. Other holdouts are waiting to see how the update will improve the OS, and if it will make it more competitive with Android and iOS. Chris Walsh, a contributor to ChevronWP7, has had an inside look at the update, and gives it a glowing recommendation.

Chris Walsh (@ChrisWalshie) describes the WP7 update as "massive," and says that "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years." He goes on to say that Microsoft "could have called it Windows Phone 8." This is music to our ears.

While Windows Phone 7 is a terrific OS, and is showing early signs of success, it's still lacking some necessary features. These deficits might be holding back the success of WP7 devices in general, particularly because most consumers aren't aware of the update. The update should fill some of those gaps, bringing copy/paste, multitasking, custom ringtone support, and Bing improvements like turn-by-turn directions.

source: WPCentral

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14 Comments

1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I almost feel like this should have debuted with the phones. I think it's funny they mock the iPhone about how it took Apple 3 years to come out with features that WP7 will come out with in 3 months. Back when they first announced the limitations of copy/paste and no multitasking, it was when Apple didn't have either feature. I suspected it was a, "If it's good enough for Apple, we'll get away with it..." And apparently, WP7 isn't doing that great. Developers aren't getting paid until next year in February. Also, developers aren't given any indication of the amount of downloads. I think WP7 is awesome...but I feel like it's going to be a flop. I dunno...

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

same here they are trying to see if the get a fair share of the market but competition is aggressive....

4. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

hell... Microsoft is very proud... they did it 3 months what apple did 3years? I SAY WHY NOT INCLUDE THIS FEATURE IN CONJUCTION WITH THE RELEASE OF THE PHONES? very shit

3. Alexander williams unregistered

early adopters are chomping at the bit for their first major update, expected in January. Other holdouts are waiting to see how the update will improve the OS, and if it will make it more competitive with Android and iOS. Chris Walsh, a contributor to ChevronWP7, has had an inside look at the update, and gives it a glowing recommendation. Chris Walsh (@ChrisWalshie) describes the WP7 update as "massive," and says that "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years." He goes on to say that Microsoft "could have called it Windows Phone 8." This is music to our ears. While Windows Phone 7 is a terrific OS, and is showing early signs of success, it's still lacking some necessary features. These deficits might be holding back the success of WP7 devices in general, particularly because most consumers aren't aware of the update. The update should fill some of those gaps, bringing copy/paste, multitasking, custom ringtone support, and Bing improvements like turn-by-turn directions.

5. Jorge Pereira unregistered

microsoft must include video call in order to make a real competition. Else wont be interesting

6. hackmimic unregistered

video calling is not important. how many people have that feature now. plus if you want to video call someone with an iphone i dont believe it will work if you on a non iphone phone as well with android devices. video calling in the USA will not take off for another year atleast. there are only a hand full of devices that have front facing cameras.

7. senorfigo unregistered

I agree I don't think face time calling is a necessity. I never hear about anyone using it. I owned my iPhone 4 for about three months and didn't use the face time feature once (yes i know quite a few people that had iPhone 4s as well and they weren't interested wither). I just got rid of my iPhone 4 for my wp7 phone and i love it. It just goes to show that Microsoft is not a pushover company and Apple can be competed with.

8. SEAn unregistered

who uses video calling... its a gimmick and honestly right now many people wont be using it... it makes me laugh to think that everyone wants this feature that really wont be used that often... in fact people dont even use their cellular minutes why the heck would they hold a phone infront of their face more often than once or twice.

9. CELLPHONESALESGUY unregistered

I LOVE WP7! even tho it lacks Pandora which was my most used app, i have learned to use Last Fm which on WP7 is better than pandora on any other device. I agree Video calling is useless, no one does it and Working in the mobile communications feild i cant tell you not one of my customers has come in asking for it. Once CCP and multitasking comes out on WP7 it will in my professional opinion be the new "HOT OS". I already see a huge over taking in sales in my store. More and more people are coming in asking about it and what it can do. I own one and wont go back to an iPhone.

10. Softwaremagnet unregistered

Got 4 phones the first day they were released. Took a couple weeks to get comfortable with it, but I really like it. WE NEED SCREEN CAPTURE utility! Please add one in this release.

11. iPot420

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

It needs flash support to become a good competitor.

12. shaggy89 unregistered

i've had my wp7 for a little over a week, and i must say it is far more user friendly than iphone, i prefer android but havent had a good go on 2.1, i fully agree, flash, copy/paste are needed and i think custom ringtones i.e your own music collection is needed, but all in all the only phone i've ever had that i prefer to my trophy was my hero last year, windows defo got a winner with wp7 no matter what company run the os

13. whowhat

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2011

i hope the wp7 update can allow us to have icons that look like vista and windows 7 icons...and allow us to have a control panel to change certain (but not vital) parts of the phone such as allow us to have a back ground theme (no not the lock theme),like to have a pic in the back ground or maybe a animated video or something also let it play .gifs and such.oh and make the start screen customizable. ETC. that's what i miss bout mr crackberry storm....i could download themes and have it look like win7 or vista or even the crapple ibone.

14. d unregistered

Wp7 looks way more sleek than Windows 7 or vista ?? Looking forward to the update.. Zune store access in Australia would br nice too

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