Rumor: Windows Phone 7 getting NoDo update in early Feb.

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 4, 2011

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We've heard about a couple of different upcoming Windows Phone 7 updates in the past, but today more details about two of the upgrades may have leaked out.  According to Paul Thurrott of Windows Phone Secrets, Microsoft is planning to launch the first update, codenamed "NoDo," as soon as next week, meaning it could be pushed out by the carriers by early February.  The name, which is said to be short for "No Donuts," is apparently reference to Android 1.6 (Donut) and how Microsoft doesn't want to push out small upgrades like Google did.  Thurrott says that NoDo will include the highly-anticipated cut/paste feature, support for CDMA location and more Qualcomm chipsets, and an assortment of bug fixes.

An update codenamed Mango will be coming at some point in the future, although it won't be right after NoDo, says Thurrott.  The gigantic update will include IE 9, HTML5 and Silverlight support, and possibly some entertainment-related additions.  Builds for Mango are in the 7500 range, meaning that it could end up coming out as Windows Phone 7.5, like we've heard in the past.

Both updates sound like they'll be pretty important for Windows Phone 7, especially since NoDo will include cut/pase functionality and likely devices compatible with Verizon and Sprint's networks, too.  Considering that the Venue Pro has been the only "new" WP7 handset since the platform's launch, I'd say that a fresh new update and a couple of new updates are exactly what Microsoft's OS needs to keep up with the competition.  Are there any other improvements that haven't been listed yet that you WP7 owners out there would like to see?

Via Engadget, Windows Phone Secrets