Microsoft goes live with WP7 update support page

Microsoft is about to push out an update to Windows Phone 7, this we know. While no one knows the exact date, Microsoft has put up a support page to help user with the update.

The impending update is expected to bring a few enhancements to Microsoft's latest mobile platform. Expected in the update is, at minimum, copy & paste functionality and faster load times for 3rd party applications. While the support page does not detail much about the update, it does give end users of an idea what to expect when upgrading. It also lends credit that the update will be pushed out in the near future which is good sign for those who have been waiting.

It is rumored that the update will be landing at some point during February, possibly at Mobile World Congress (February 14-17). Microsoft has been pushing its latest platform hard with approximately 500 million dollar advertising campaign; Microsoft is doing its best to ensure long term prosperity from the platform as it is vital to future Microsoft plans.

Thanks for the tip: Kheldar

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Sooner these updates come out the better, phone is gathering dust. In the meantime start dropping marketplace game prices to the same prices as the iPhone and Android.

Byron_Hinson said,
Sooner these updates come out the better, phone is gathering dust. In the meantime start dropping marketplace game prices to the same prices as the iPhone and Android.

I agree most of these game prices are way jacked up!

Byron_Hinson said,
Sooner these updates come out the better, phone is gathering dust. In the meantime start dropping marketplace game prices to the same prices as the iPhone and Android.

My wife is using it ATM as I really couldn't get myself use it. She is happy with it, but the reason is that she has been using ancient Nokia. I've been on Android for few years, and I really gave WP7 several chances, but every time there were different things (mostly lacking essential features that have been on phones since day 1) that made me give up.

Byron_Hinson said,
Sooner these updates come out the better, phone is gathering dust. In the meantime start dropping marketplace game prices to the same prices as the iPhone and Android.

I think eventually the prices will drop, the platform needs more users, I think in 6 months the users base will be big enough

sanke1 said,
Fix the bloody internet explorer on WP7. Browsing leaves a lot to be desired, esp in landscape mode.

Its version 7 right now, afaik. They will be updating it to version 9 in the near future. 9 is not out yet even for the PC.

KavazovAngel said,
Its version 7 right now, afaik. They will be updating it to version 9 in the near future. 9 is not out yet even for the PC.
Where do they say this? Nowhere. People confuse their personal wishes with actual Microsoft statements.

KavazovAngel said,

Its version 7 right now, afaik. They will be updating it to version 9 in the near future. 9 is not out yet even for the PC.

All they'll be doing is giving the WP7 browser the Trident 5 rendering engine to give it HTML5 support, it won't be Mobile IE9.

sanke1 said,
Fix the bloody internet explorer on WP7. Browsing leaves a lot to be desired, esp in landscape mode.

Is there anything you find specifically wrong with Internet Explorer Mobile? The browser is faster than Safari on iPhone 3GS and only a hair slower than the one on the iPhone 4.

As for lack of HTML5, it's not really a problem. Most mobile sites work just fine except for video specific site such as DailyMotion and Funny or Die, but you can use "RealTube" app to watch videos from those site.

sanke1 said,
Fix the bloody internet explorer on WP7. Browsing leaves a lot to be desired, esp in landscape mode.

Yeah, blame the browser and not the site developers for issues.
How do HTML4 compliant sites render? XHTML 1.0 Strict ... Transitional?
HTML5 isn't even a standard yet so that shouldn't even be considered.

Spint and Verizon YOOHOO - come on already. 4.3" or 4.5" screen SLCD and I will be happy. I don't want this crap keyboard slide out BS with a 3.7" screen. Just give me an HD7 equivalent for Sprint or Verizon and I can deal with that. Sprint would be better but I am okay with Verizon.

Reading that support document makes me wonder why Microsoft are still using the cryptic 0x0000000 error codes instead of plain english descriptions!!

neo158 said,
Reading that support document makes me wonder why Microsoft are still using the cryptic 0x0000000 error codes instead of plain english descriptions!!

Many of them are just generic errors and not all that specific when you look them up though. As far as most people are concerned the PC just reboots without showing the error screen, which is the default setting anyways.

GP007 said,

Many of them are just generic errors and not all that specific when you look them up though. As far as most people are concerned the PC just reboots without showing the error screen, which is the default setting anyways.

I was talking about the ones that show up on the phone!!!!

GP007 said,
Many of them are just generic errors and not all that specific when you look them up though. As far as most people are concerned the PC just reboots without showing the error screen, which is the default setting anyways.
This isn't about BSODs. It's about the error codes shown by applications. Microsoft rarely print error messages. They prefer to be lazy and just print the actual return value of the failed function call (usually an HRESULT) as hex. Even though HRESULTs can be generic on their own, they usually aren't so when put into context. The application showing the error code knows exactly what failed (and where), and so could show an error message instead.

hdood said,
This isn't about BSODs. It's about the error codes shown by applications. Microsoft rarely print error messages. They prefer to be lazy and just print the actual return value of the failed function call (usually an HRESULT) as hex. Even though HRESULTs can be generic on their own, they usually aren't so when put into context. The application showing the error code knows exactly what failed (and where), and so could show an error message instead.

That's exactly what I'm talking about.

This is good. I love WP7. All I need and all it's severely lacking is Bluetooth support during video playback. (Netflix is useless to me without it.)

Lachlan said,
I am so pumped.. Make my WP7 faster and more stable? Then I am 110% satisfied

Only juust got my Focus today and already in love... heck the guy at the store was about to sell himself one. bring on the updates! :-)

WickedScribbler said,

Only juust got my Focus today and already in love... heck the guy at the store was about to sell himself one. bring on the updates! :-)

Getting my Dell Venue Pro on February 12th (damn you delays!) and I cannot wait. But we were in an Orange store last week and the saleswoman was desperate to get out of her Blackberry contract and get a WP7.

Lachlan said,
I am so pumped.. Make my WP7 faster and more stable? Then I am 110% satisfied

Oh, performance and stability is the least of my problems with WP7.

ccoltmanm said,
Are they going to go the route of reinstalling the whole OS like an iOS update, or incremental like Windows Updates?

From documentation I have, there's provision for both differential and full updates. It's likely the first update will be a full whole-OS update, but the backup and restore taken during the update process means that either way, it's entirely seamless. All your music, apps, files emerge exactly as they were, after the update, whether the OS is fully updated or whether it's just incremental.

To the end user, the only real difference between a whole OS update and an incremental one is that the file size will be larger, but WP7's full OS size is under 100MB or so, so even still you're not looking at huge half-GB updates a la iOS.