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January's Windows Phone 7 update to be 'massive'

Windows Phone 7 set for huge upgrade?
Windows Phone 7 set for huge upgrade?

Microsoft's first update to Windows Phone 7 looks likely to be 'massive', with a number of new features omitted from the launch devices.

This means copy and paste, multitasking support, turn-by-turn directions in Bing Maps and even custom ringtones.

While admittedly still a rumour, when visiting Microsoft's Redmond HQ ahead of the launch, TechRadar was told that it's likely the first update would have to be completed via the PC, rather than an over the air upgrade, so something big seems very likely.

Speed freaks

Developers who claim to have seen the new build are very excited about it on Twitter, saying: "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years".

We hope that's really true, because copy and paste and multitasking are thing we already really miss on Windows Phone 7 – although we doubt 'true' multitasking could have been crafted already, so it will probably be some pseudo-background running for certain apps for now.

Screenshots are being promised for later today, so if this is true then we might be looking at the future in less than 24 hours. Exciting times.

Via WPCentral

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.