Microsoft has finally come clean on what is going on with the NoDo update for WP7. In a blog post today, Microsoft talks about the current status of the NoDo update, the status of the previous update that caused issues for a small percentage of its user base, and covers how updates are delivered to end users.
In short, Microsoft states that they want to learn from the woes of the February update before charging forward with a new update. They state that they want to "ensure the update process meets our standards, your standards, and the standards of our partners". This shouldn't come as a huge surprise as you can expect that many will be watching Microsoft closely when the new update goes live to see if any end users have issues. Microsoft states:
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.
This short pause should in no way impact the timing of future updates, including the one announced recently at Mobile World Congress featuring multitasking, a Twitter feature, and a new HTML 5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile.
Microsoft also talked about the success of WP7 so far by stating that there are over 9000 apps in its marketplace, the platform is rolling out on more devices and to new carriers as we speak, and most importantly their new strategic alliance with Nokia.
It is good to see that Microsoft is attempting to be transparent on the issues and delays. While it is always is unsettling when something doesn't go as planned, it is respectable and responsible for companies to let their consumers know what is going on behind the scenes.