Even before the Microsoft event in MWC (Mobile World Congress) kick-started, the company released the details about the upcoming update for WP7 OS. The new update will bring introduce several much needed features to the WP7 OS including Twitter integration, third party apps multi-tasking support, performance improvements, reduce app/game load times and copy-and-paste. Microsoft did not mention much about the multi-tasking support but hopefully it will be supported by all third party apps. The multi-tasking switcher UI will be similar to Palm’s webOS Cards’ implementation. The new update will also bring in IE9 web-browser which will dramatically improve the web browsing performance on the device. The web browser will be hardware accelerated which is definitely good news! The popular social network Twitter will also be integrated into the People Hub so that WP7 users can get the Twitter updates of their friends directly. Here is the official change-log according to Microsoft’s press release :
- Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
- Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
- Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
- Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
- A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011
The update will also bring support for CDMA handsets on WP7 OS. The update is expected to be out by early March.
EDIT: The above features will be added to WP7 OS with multiple updates throughout 2011. The “early March” update will bring with it copy and paste functionality and performance improvements.