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Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress

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Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress

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At this week’s Mobile World Congress Microsoft revealed new Windows Phone features, discussed early momentum and outlined the future of its mobile communications business.

Here’s a summary of what was announced. You can read a more in-depth report on the Windows Phone blog and watch the full keynote from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, joined by Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Program Management, and Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop.

First Major Update
A free customer update will be made available for all Windows Phones in the first two weeks of March, which includes new capabilities such as copy & paste and faster application performance.

Availability on CDMA Networks
With added support for CDMA networks, Windows Phone will be available to even more customers on mobile operators such as Verizon and Sprint in the first half of 2011.

Twitter Integration in the People Hub
The popular social networking service Twitter will be integrated into the People Hub in the second half of 2011.

Office Document Storage in the Cloud
Document sharing and storage in the cloud via Windows Live SkyDrive will be added to Windows Phone in the second half of 2011.

Next Generation Browsing with Internet Explorer 9
A dramatically enhanced Internet Explorer 9 web browser will be added to Windows Phone in the second half of 2011. It will feature the same standards support (HTML5, etc.) and hardware accelerated graphics as the PC version.

Additional Multi-tasking Capabilities
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. Developers will learn much more about this during April’s
MIX conference.

Find out how you can start developing for Windows Phone and get your hands on the developer tools here at the App Hub.

  • What about tethering!!! Please for the love of everything business related give us tethering it is killing the platform.

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