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Windows Phone 7 OS 'major update due August'

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Windows Phone 7 OS 'major update due August'

Microsoft has scheduled a major update of the Windows Phone 7 operating system for August 2011, it has been claimed.

The tech giant has already pencilled it an upgrade for January, which is set to bring copy and paste to the handsets, plus turn-by-turn GPS navigation and support for Windows SkyDrive.

This week rumours also surfaced that another overhaul is due in February with a raft of other enhancments, including VoIP calling, enhanced multitasking and video voicemail, plus more robust APIs for use by developers.

That’s apparently set to be rolled out to coincide with the Mobile World Conference that month, where Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer is to deliver a keynote presentation.

However, according to insider sources cited by ZDnet we won’t see a really major overhaul of the platform until much later in the year. But it looks like it’ll be well worth the wait.

The update, reportedly dubbed Mango, will add add “Silverlight run-time and HTML 5 support to Windows Phone 7, Far Eastern language support and other features and functionality”.

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