Microsoft goes official with its list of Windows Phone 7 January Updates

Microsoft has finally gone official on its website and declared the list of features and updates which it plans to deliver this month, to Windows Phone 7 operating system.

This is what you can expect in January 2011!

Copy and paste.

After this update, you’ll be able to copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type.

Using copy and paste is easy and intuitive. In many cases you just tap a word, slide your finger to highlight any additional text, then tap the Copy icon. To insert this text in a message or app, just tap the spot where it should go, then tap the Paste icon.

Copy and paste is a handy way to quickly send someone’s latest Facebook update, turn-by-turn directions from Maps, or a must-see link from Internet Explorer Mobile. Once you’ve copied something, you can paste it again and again.

The new feature adds to the list of time-saving shortcuts already built into Windows Phone, like the ability to tap an address on a webpage to map it (US only).

Faster apps and games.

Nobody likes to wait. That’s why Microsoft whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume.

Better Marketplace search.

Microsoft has streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace and you’ll see only apps or games in the results.

Press Search in the music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

How will you know when an update is available?

Easy. Your phone is designed to automatically tell you via a pop-up message (unless you’ve turned this option off).

On Start, flick left to the App list and tap Settings . Then tap Phone update.

If an update is available, and you want to learn more and install it on your phone, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable that came with your phone.

On your Windows computer, run the Zune software if it doesn’t start automatically, and then, in the Zune software, select Settings > Phone > Update.


Thanks for the heads up, Vikram Pendse, MVP!

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