It’s been merely weeks since Microsoft’s shiny new Windows Phone 7 surfaced, yet here are the talks about an update already about to surface. This rumor, now engulfing the blogosphere and mobile enthusiasts all across the globe alike, was born out of Chris Walshie’s recent tweets, where he claims that the update ‘is going to be MASSIVE!’ In case you’re not familiar with him, Walshie is part of the team behind the ChevronWP7 unlock, and from the looks of it, these guys have some sources! See Chris’ tweet for yourself after the jump.
While Windows Phone 7 has been received exceptionally well and praised for its innovative, natural gesture-driven and fluid Metro user interface by critics as well as those who have ventured to buy phones running WP7, the operating system still lacks several features that were there in Windows Mobile, or are there in one or more of other popular smartphone operating systems these days like Android and iOS. These include the ability to take screenshots, a file browser and native app sideloading support, amongst others. Let’s hope this update addresses as many of those shortcomings as possible.
Chris goes on to say that Microsoft has been working on this for a long time now, much before they actually shipped the first version of WP7 to device manufacturers for the initial WP7 devices. Furthermore, he claims that it took MS “3 months to do what it took Apple 3 years”. Assuming that his claims are real, the Windows Phone community seems to be in for one big treat. In response to a follower’s query about the scope and size of the update, here’s what Chris had to say:
So as you can see, there are no particulars available about what the new additions or changes are going to be; only stress upon the magnitude of the overall changes, and it’s enough to get us all excited but due to the lack of any concrete evidence to back it up, it might just be a product of the rumor mill even. In any case, let’s keep our fingers crossed for it.
With all this in view, what are your thoughts? Would Microsoft push their WP7 platform to par with the usability and friendliness of the iPhone and Android, or would they go beyond? Only time will tell, so stay tuned with us, and let us know your thoughts via comments.