Microsoft Asks WP7 Users to Wait for Official Update
Microsoft today published a blog post regarding the status of the NoDo update delivery. Microsoft noted that it is making progress in getting the update out to WP7 users as quickly as possible. It also asked users to wait for the official update and avoid using any of the homebrew methods of forcing the update. Microsoft explained, "If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can’t say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven’t fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates. It’s even possible your phone might stop working properly. Bottom line: unsupported workarounds put you in uncharted territory that may void your phone warranty." T-Mobile subscribers who own the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro should be receiving the update. NoDo is still being tested by AT&T, and a delivery is still targeted at later this month.
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Microsoft Names Mango Business Features for WP7
In a blog post today, Microsoft provided details on a few previously unannounced new features that will be part of the Mango build of Windows Phone 7. These new features are targeted at business users and add to the WP7 platform's collaboration tools.
Navteq Re-Org to Focus On Social-Location Service
According to an internal memo supplied to Phone Scoop, Nokia and Navteq are undertaking a massive reorganizational approach to their mapping and social networking services. The three foundational elements behind this change are being made to support the following: new social-location applications, services, and developer experiences that engage a large user-base to build a winning brand and ecosystem together with Microsoft; high-value location content enabling differentiated experiences; and high-value advertising network monetizing the ecosystem by providing local commerce services for brands and merchants.
HTC Surround Now Receiving NoDo Update
Microsoft recently revealed that it has finalized the February and March NoDo updates for the HTC Surround, which is available from AT&T. Both updates can be installed by HTC Surround users.
Nokia to Release New WP7 Handsets Frequently
Speaking to PCMag, Nokia's chief of smart devices Jo Harlow said that the company plans to release new Windows Phone 7 handsets at a fairly regular pace. "We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that," she said.