The first major Windows Phone 7 update will be landing next month and bring with it a number of essential features and performance upgrades, it has been confirmed.
Copy and paste functionality leads the field when it comes to new features promised in the update, followed by enhanced multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, cloud integration for Microsoft Office suite and the addition of Twitter to the ‘People’ hub.
The update is the first of several planned for the year as Microsoft tries to bring WP7 up to speed with rivals Android and iOS.
JP Wollersheim, product manager for Windows Phone 7, said: "Over the next year, the company will continue to work with third parties on phone innovation and will add new features and apps that customers want and that make using Windows Phone 7 a delightful experience.
"Microsoft also will work to engage more of the nearly 80 per cent of worldwide phone users who are not using a smartphone.”
The software giant recently announced a “strategic partnership” with Nokia, which commands the largest share of global mobile market, in a bid to strengthen its position as a viable challenger to Apple and Google. Prototypes for the first Windows Phone 7 handset from Nokia were shown off at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which is expected to be released before the end of the year.
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