MWC 2011 is in full swing with many of the major phone manufacturers giving their keynotes, today it was Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer who was outlining the future for Windows Phone 7 which is due to get a major update in the first two weeks of March.
Ballmer said that the update will bring copy and paste capabilities and faster applications, mimicking last years update that Apple made to the iPhone. However, more interesting and on trend updates include support for CDMA networks which will be music to US customers ears, it will mean that Windows Phone 7 devices will be able to work on Verizon and Sprint Networks – this will be available ‘in the first half of 2011’.
Other additions include Twitter to the People Hub, allowing Native updates and managing of accounts via the phone, this isn’t coming until the second half of 2011 though. Cloud based storage with automatic syncing will also come in the second half of the year.
He also explained that they intend to integrate Internet Explorer 9 in the later part of 2011 to offer a faster mobile web utilizing HTML 5. Ballmer promised that multi-tasking and switching between apps will also be improved, a post made later on the Microsoft blog explained “We will add the ability to switch quickly between applications, run applications in the background (such as listening to music), along with a number of other capabilities in the second half of 2011”.
So the updates will start to roll out in March with Microsoft seemingly increasing the pace that they roll out updates. Will it be enough to increase their market share?