Windows Phone 7's NoDo update begins rolling out to eager users

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: March 22, 2011

Windows Phone 7 NoDo update

After some delays and pre-update problems, Microsoft began rolling out Windows Phone 7's NoDo update today. According to WinRumors, owners of unbranded WP7 devices are now able to connect to the Zune software and install "Windows Phone Update – March 2011," which is build number 7390. It doesn't sound like T-Mobile and AT&T-branded handsets are getting NoDo just yet, but we'll let you know when they do. The full NoDo change log from Microsoft is available below to keep you busy until then.

It may have taken longer than anyone, especially Microsoft, would've liked, but it's great to see NoDo finally arrive. Now if we could only get an ETA on its arrival for carrier-branded devices, right? I'm sure that MSFT doesn't want to keep those users waiting much longer than they already have, so hopefully we'll be hearing more in the next few days. Stay tuned.

  • Copy & paste. You asked for it—now it's here. Just tap a word and drag the arrows to copy and paste it on your phone. You can copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. To learn more, see Copy & paste.
  • Faster apps and games. Nobody likes to wait. That's why we've whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It's all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.
  • Better Marketplace search. We've streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the Apps or Games section of Marketplace and you'll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the Music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.
  • Other Marketplace improvements. We've improved the stability of Marketplace while you download apps. We've also improved the experience of downloading apps larger than 20 megabytes, upgrading from trial apps to paid apps, using a credit card with an address outside the United States, sharing links to apps via email, sorting Xbox LIVE games by release date, and creating an Xbox LIVE account from within the Games Hub.
  • Wi-Fi improvements. We now display your phone's Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings. (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering. To learn more, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.) We've also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you've stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.
  • Outlook improvements. We've improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync, and working with email display names that contain brackets (for example, "David Alexander [Contoso]").
  • Messaging improvements. We've improved the experience of receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages if your phone uses a PIN-locked SIM.
  • Facebook integration. We've improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts.
  • Camera improvements. We've improved the stability of switching between camera and video modes.
  • Audio improvements. We've improved the experience of using a Bluetooth headset to make calls when you're playing music or videos.
  • Other performance improvements. This month's update also includes software from several phone manufacturers that improves the performance of specific models. Naturally, if you don't have one of the affected models, we won't install this portion of the update on your phone.

Via WPCentral, WinRumors