Big Windows Phone 7 update gets delayed

Darren Allan

March 11, 2011

It’s the update which everyone with a Windows Phone 7 handset has been waiting for, and at the end of last year, optimistic sources were talking about a potential January release.

Yes, this is the famed copy-and-paste update, of course, but it seems that the much wanted package isn’t going to be coming out just yet.

Microsoft’s first update was released last month, and was just a minor upgrade for the software update process itself, in preparation for the big patch.

However, it hit serious problems on some handsets, most notably the Samsung Omnia 7, freezing and failing, or even bricking some Omnia 7s. A second release of the patch didn’t even solve all the issues users encountered (although it did work for the vast majority).

And it seems that Microsoft is now further delaying the copy-and-paste package while it learns the lessons from the February update.

On the Windows Phone Blog, Eric Hautala, General Manager of Customer Experience Engineering, explains: “We have the next update waiting in the wings. It delivers copy and paste, better Marketplace search, and other key improvements.”

“But I believe it’s important that we learn all we can from the February update. So I’ve decided to take some extra time to ensure the update process meets our standards, your standards, and the standards of our partners. As a result, our plan is to start delivering the copy-and-paste update in the latter half of March.”

So there you have it – we should see the big one land in two or three weeks time. Providing no further issues are uncovered which could cause slippage.

Windows Phone 7 users will still have had to wait almost half a year for the feature to arrive, mind you.


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