Exclusive: Windows Phone 7 update not due until March 8 [Update]

Now that February 7 has been and gone and we still haven't seen an update for Windows Phone 7, we've started to get word of other potential release dates. Today, Neowin received confirmation from multiple sources, that pins the first Windows Phone 7 update for March 8.

According to the sources - including someone well placed inside a European carrier - the update has been delayed due to last minute changes by Microsoft and/or OEMs. The update must then be tested by carriers for two-three weeks prior to launch.

Previous rumored release dates pinned February 7, or sometime around the date of Mobile World Congress (February 14th). Apparently, Microsoft is set to reveal the date officially at Mobile World Congress, but will not make it available at that time.

While the news of the Zune update hitting made many users get excited for an imminent update, Microsoft when asked for comment will only state that it has only ever said "Early 2011" on record, and will not provide more information.

The first update to Windows Phone 7 brings copy & paste, CDMA device support, large performance improvements and better marketplace search. The update, entitled "NoDo" will be the first in a series of updates over the coming months, according to Microsoft. "Mango" is rumored to be next update for Windows Phone 7, which is pinned to bring multi-tasking for third party apps, HTML5 and the IE9 browser engine to the platform.

Update: WPCentral has further confirmation from Samsung themselves;

Q: When will the update for Windows 7 Phone?
Samsung A: Probably early March, we will confirm at the Mobile World Congress in mid-February.

This note further backs up our news that the update will land on March 8. It's worth noting at this point, that Microsoft never pinned down a date for the first Windows Phone 7 update. First, rumors were spread of January because of a URL name, then, February 7 was the rumor. Microsoft has always said that the update would land in "Early 2011" and has lately started saying "a few weeks." 

If you hear anything else, let us know in the comments.

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SuperHans said,

... and then you woke up

I don't think he's dreaming at all, like I said, we don't know what the cause of this delay was otherwise we probably would've had the update already I bet. If this is a one time deal then the 2nd update should come faster than 4 months.

The only real annoyance I have with my Samsung Omnia 7 is the way the screen goes black when on a phone call sometimes and you have to cover the proximity sensor with your thumb/fingers to get the screen to come back on. Probably hardware issue so not OS fault?

This doesn't mean I don't want turn by turn sat nav & flash real bad. stuff copy & paste, I rarely come to need it, lets get the important/big boy stuff sorted first lol.

Other than that I think WP7 poops all over Android - and this coming from a N1 & HTC Desire HD previous owner.

And I also remember how everyone kills Google / Phone manufacturers / Carriers (and always have done) for the slow updates so all the people complaining like there's no tomorrow need to sit back & think about that a bit, yes?? Just remember this is a youngish OS...

Android users taking shots at WP7 for updates, really?

There are still a lot of Android phone buyers that were promised updates to 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 that have never gotten them in almost a year now, and probably never will because of Google shifting all the work to the MFRs and the carriers.

The last numbers I saw, had over 15% of the Android community still stuck with Version 1.6, that can't even run 3D applications like Virtual Earth, even though the hardware is more than capable.

Then there is the carrier and MFR phone fragmentation of versions, that is almost mind blowing for users and developers. Why should developers still have to be coding for 1.6, when it was offiically replaced over a year ago?

There are still carriers that are shipping 1.6 Android phones, with promises going back over a year that they will get the 2.x updates.

Sure us techie people can root and bypass all this mess, although the quality of the mods and builds are usually somewhere between semi-stable and my camera no longer works and I can't make calls. However, the majority of users are not bypassing the carrier supplied versions, and on some devices newer builds are virtually non-existent, like the Zio or other similar lower end devices. Getting a stable newer build is easy if you have a Droid or popular phone, but if you don't, suck up the version 1.6 you were given with a wink and a promise of 2.2 soon.

Just because your carrier and phone might have gotten a nice 2.2 update, doesn't mean the majority of Android users did. Go look at some of the phones still being sold by major carriers, and notice the v1.6 or v2.1 notes on the devices - that lack all bug fixes and feature updates.

Also for all the Android people out there talking copy and paste, open your Email on your phone and try to copy and paste anything from an email or even a forwarded email. Android having copy and paste and actually having it even in OS level applications are two different things. At least the WP7 users will be able to copy and paste stuff from their freaking emails.


Seriously, Android users (like myself) should probably be quiet when it comes to updates and a cohesive version structure that is not dictated by carriers and MFRs and their loss of incentive to update the product is apparent.

WP7 may not be perfect or ideal, but at least users won't have to wait for each MFR and carrier to provide updates. So what if Microsoft delays the update, it is at least ONE POINT that the updates are coming from and ONE VERSION that all users and developers can work with. Something Apple is able to give their customers, and something that even with multiple hardware vendors and carriers, Microsoft is able to give their customers as well.

thenetavenger said,
Android users taking shots at WP7 for updates, really?

There are still a lot of Android phone buyers that were promised updates to 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 that have never gotten them in almost a year now, and probably never will because of Google shifting all the work to the MFRs and the carriers.

The last numbers I saw, had over 15% of the Android community still stuck with Version 1.6, that can't even run 3D applications like Virtual Earth, even though the hardware is more than capable.

Then there is the carrier and MFR phone fragmentation of versions, that is almost mind blowing for users and developers. Why should developers still have to be coding for 1.6, when it was offiically replaced over a year ago?

There are still carriers that are shipping 1.6 Android phones, with promises going back over a year that they will get the 2.x updates.

Sure us techie people can root and bypass all this mess, although the quality of the mods and builds are usually somewhere between semi-stable and my camera no longer works and I can't make calls. However, the majority of users are not bypassing the carrier supplied versions, and on some devices newer builds are virtually non-existent, like the Zio or other similar lower end devices. Getting a stable newer build is easy if you have a Droid or popular phone, but if you don't, suck up the version 1.6 you were given with a wink and a promise of 2.2 soon.

Just because your carrier and phone might have gotten a nice 2.2 update, doesn't mean the majority of Android users did. Go look at some of the phones still being sold by major carriers, and notice the v1.6 or v2.1 notes on the devices - that lack all bug fixes and feature updates.

Also for all the Android people out there talking copy and paste, open your Email on your phone and try to copy and paste anything from an email or even a forwarded email. Android having copy and paste and actually having it even in OS level applications are two different things. At least the WP7 users will be able to copy and paste stuff from their freaking emails.


Seriously, Android users (like myself) should probably be quiet when it comes to updates and a cohesive version structure that is not dictated by carriers and MFRs and their loss of incentive to update the product is apparent.

WP7 may not be perfect or ideal, but at least users won't have to wait for each MFR and carrier to provide updates. So what if Microsoft delays the update, it is at least ONE POINT that the updates are coming from and ONE VERSION that all users and developers can work with. Something Apple is able to give their customers, and something that even with multiple hardware vendors and carriers, Microsoft is able to give their customers as well.


We haven't seen any updates from MS yet so hold your horses ... It might be even worse than Android.

XIII said,

We haven't seen any updates from MS yet so hold your horses ... It might be even worse than Android.

A lot of surmising from someone essentially advising people not to surmise, no???

It's going to take so long for WP7 to catch up toAndroid and iPhone that my HTC Trophy is going to be ready to retire.
Does anyone have a link to where I should go to find information on how to install Android on my HTC Trophy?

Bolga2 said,
It's going to take so long for WP7 to catch up toAndroid and iPhone that my HTC Trophy is going to be ready to retire.
Does anyone have a link to where I should go to find information on how to install Android on my HTC Trophy?

Hold off for a second. This is what comes with early adoption. What is wrong with you impatient people? trust me, updates will begin to be more rapid in the coming months.

Bolga2 said,
It's going to take so long for WP7 to catch up toAndroid and iPhone that my HTC Trophy is going to be ready to retire.

I'm not sure where you got that. Just because the 1st update hasn't been released yet doesn't mean the developers are sitting around doing nothing. I've heard rumor that the 1st update has been delayed so long that the 2nd is already nearly complete. The "NoDo" update was basically done at the beginning of January, they've just been working it through testing, final fixes, and then more testing.

Also remember that they've never deployed an update to WP7 before, they're probably spending a lot of time making sure that works as it should. Can you imagine what would happen if they screwed up and bricked people's phones on the first update?

KavazovAngel said,
HATERS ARE WELCOMEEEEEEEEEEED!

No probs, I can wait. My LG Optimus 7 is runs perfectly the way it is now!

Same here with my HD7.. & this is from somebody who DOESN'T even have the functionality of WP7 Marketplace, Zune Pass, Bing Local Search nor XBox Live.

I'm willing to wait

I hope a lot of bug fixes and some minor improvements beside the ones announced before, better late than never. They should update the Zune software in order to create ringtones and it would be nice to edit contacts and calendar directly from the Zune Software without needing the browser.

daniel_rh said,
I hope a lot of bug fixes and some minor improvements beside the ones announced before, better late than never. They should update the Zune software in order to create ringtones and it would be nice to edit contacts and calendar directly from the Zune Software without needing the browser.

Being able to create ringtones for the phone makes sense in the context of the Zune software but editing contacts and calander? I don't see how that fits into a media library type app really. On that note i've managed to handle my contacts and calendar fine using Outlook 2k7 (though I can to install the google cal sync tool but w/e, it just sits in the background doing nothing 98% of the time). We could very well see a Outlook WP7 connector show up at some point though, I'm sure lots of people would love for that to happen.

LaP said,
The comments here are pure comedy

Agreed, I love my WP7 phone - although any update that brings improvements is welcome, I'm happy with WP7 OS so far (previously used android phones, inc N1 which was awesome & Desire HD which was buggy as hell so swapped out for Omnia 7).

IMO people bashing MS just smacks of impatience that caught on like a 'cool trend' as people have been waiting for Android updates from 1.6 upwards!

derekaw said,
Typical MS, no surprises here.

Try Android that isn't stock OS...then you'll grow impatient for updates. Just 'chill winston'!!

Too funny
XIII said "So what's next ? MSNBC news, Fox News are not reliable."

Perhaps you missed the US Supreme Court ruling that said Fox News does NOT have to tell the truth. I'ts all entertainment (ie. BS)

The fact is that Windows Phone 7 is a half cooked product, presenting a more limited set of features than its predecessors (Windows MObile 6.5), that does not support basic things such as Outlook sync (only Exchange is supported - this is just an example) despite misleading claims apearing in MS web site (where it is said that it includes Outlook Mobile). Furthermore most features requiring Zune or Windows Live account are not accessible to customers outside US (although this is carefully hidden by MS in a almost invisible disclaimer).

I have a LG Optimus and this is almost certainly the last Windows Phone I'm buying. In its current version there is nothing really worthwhile in Windows Phone 7 apart from an improved User Interface. With Windows Phone MS opted by using the phone to leverage the adoption of a number of other MS products (hotmail, zune, X-box, windows live) introduces limitations that make it a bearly usable product (load pictures, access to a PDF doc, user selected load of ring tones, Outlook sync, market place access) especially outside US.

In short - with the current version buying a Windows Phone is a waste of money ...

CO0 said,
The fact is that Windows Phone 7 is a half cooked product, presenting a more limited set of features than its predecessors (Windows MObile 6.5), that does not support basic things such as Outlook sync (only Exchange is supported - this is just an example) despite misleading claims apearing in MS web site (where it is said that it includes Outlook Mobile). Furthermore most features requiring Zune or Windows Live account are not accessible to customers outside US (although this is carefully hidden by MS in a almost invisible disclaimer).

I have a LG Optimus and this is almost certainly the last Windows Phone I'm buying. In its current version there is nothing really worthwhile in Windows Phone 7 apart from an improved User Interface. With Windows Phone MS opted by using the phone to leverage the adoption of a number of other MS products (hotmail, zune, X-box, windows live) introduces limitations that make it a bearly usable product (load pictures, access to a PDF doc, user selected load of ring tones, Outlook sync, market place access) especially outside US.

In short - with the current version buying a Windows Phone is a waste of money ...

Why did you buy it then? Because you never researched fully and didn't make an informed decision regarding your most favoured handset/OS? I think so....

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