Microsoft executives at CES are suggesting Windows Phone 7's upcoming updates will include better app performance, tweaks and copy-and-paste.
VEGAS-Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 updates, due over
the course of the next few months, aim to make the company's smartphone
software more appealing to consumers and competitive with rival platforms.
Phone 7 has been a focus at the Consumer Electronics Show here, with Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer devoting a substantial portion of his Jan. 5 keynote address to
the platform and its growth in the few months since its release. During that
keynote, he alluded to several updates apparently in the pipeline over the next
few months, including copy-and-paste and "significant performance
improvements when loading and switching between applications."
specifically, those updates will include:
During the CES presentation, a Microsoft executive placed two
Windows Phone 7 smartphones on a table-one with the upcoming software update,
one without-and activated the same game on each. The smartphone with the
software update, perhaps inevitably, booted twice as fast. The update's actual
effect on performance, however, will depend on the processing demands of the
app or game in question. In some cases, an app may load and run twice as fast;
in others, the difference may only be a second or two.
here for a look at Windows Phone 7 devices at CES.
The increased prevalence of productivity apps on smartphone platforms-such
as Windows Phone 7's Office hub-in theory increases the need for cut-and-paste,
at least among a subset of power users. Copy-and-paste functionality will also
bring Windows Phone 7's capabilities in-line with the iPhone and other
smartphone platforms, blunting criticism that Microsoft's offering is somehow
Searching the Marketplace, for example, will become more efficient by the
end of the upgrade cycle. Battery life may also improve,
thanks to minor tweaks.
available on GSM-based networks such as AT&T, Windows Phone 7 will appear
on CDMA networks such as Sprint and Verizon sometime in the first half of 2011.
However, Microsoft executives deferred talking details about potential CDMA
claims some 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 units have been sold by manufacturers
to retailers, but the company remains reluctant to share how many of those
devices have found their way into consumers' hands. Microsoft executives argue
the company has never been in the habit of sharing its smartphone end-sales
numbers, ever since Windows Mobile, but that carriers might release some
numbers in the next few weeks or months.