Microsoft outlines new features coming to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer, announced a set of features that Microsoft is promising it will bring to Windows Phone 7 in 2011.

Ballmer also confirmed, that the first Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed “NoDo,” will be out in early March 2011.

The following updates will be added to WP7 in calendar 2011:

  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud (Skydrive Docs), going beyond the current OneNote integration
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 (IE Mobile 9)
  • A “new wave of multitasking applications” (i.e., third-party applications get multitasking support)

Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management, emphasized during his demonstrations of an early version of “the significant update” of the Windows Phone 7 code that the IE 9 code on the phone includes the same core IE 9 code that runs on the PC. That means apps and sites designed for IE 9 will run automatically on WP7, he said.

Belfiore also showed off the ability for Windows Phones to integrate with Kinect, allowing phone users to participate in games using their avatars.

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