So there has been a lot of activities around Windows Phone 7 lately, from the rumors about html5 support coming this year to Nokia's shocking announcement about switching from MeeGo to WP7.
Here's a summary of all the recent updates:
- Yes. Nokia gave up. They no longer trust themselves for creating mobile OS, they will now switch to Microsoft's side, believing they can differentiate themselves from Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola by creating great handsets with great operating system.
- The agreement between Nokia and Microsoft means a lot for Windows Phone 7. It seems like on top of the positive reviews, we finally started witnessing actual impact on the smartphones market.
- Nokia/WP7 also means some problems for Microsoft – by reading between the lines it seems like Nokia will get permissions to tweak the OS which is something that so far was completely restricted.
- Microsoft sold 2 million phone licenses in Windows Phone 7’s first two months, and the phone is now available from 60 mobile operators in 30 countries around the world. I must admit this is an impressive start.
- First Windows Phone 7 update is just around the corner, will probably be here in 4 weeks. It will have copy/paste (I'm getting tired of this overrated feature… )
- Besides this update, there is no concrete date or statement about the next update. So far we rely only on rumors talking about end of year. this is shame because I believe MS should struggle to release updates far more often than twice a year. Let's not forget: WP7 may be exciting (and I think it is!) but it's far more limited than Android and iOS.
- Coming soon are the following features:
• 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
• Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012
Here's a video showing how multi-tasking will look on Windows Phone 7:
To conclude – tons of activities, growing momentum for Microsoft, but to end users like me, who cares only about getting new features – it seems like the rate of updates is too little and too slow. I hope Microsoft will get some customers feedback and react accordingly.