Microsoft shows off New Features and Future Direction for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft today kicked off Mobile World Congress by giving people a glimpse of what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7, including the timeline for when its first update will be pushed to devices.

Among the updates are several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone.

A concrete example of the company’s vision is the new strategic partnership with Nokia.

Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub.

The expanded capabilities announced today include:

  • IE9 will be available for Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011, offering “a dramatically enhanced mobile Web browser experience.”
  • New SkyDrive support services will offer users the ability to access cloud-based Microsoft Office programs via their phone.
  • Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
  • Microsoft announced native Twitter integration will be available on Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011. Twitter will be integrated into the People Hub in Windows Phone 7 similar to the way that Facebook is integrated today.
  • 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.

Looks like Windows Phone 7 is all set to rock the market!

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