As expected, Microsoft has fulfilled a few of my wishes for the day. :) Here’s the message I just received:
Today in a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced several new features and capabilities that will make Windows Phone an attractive option for even more people coming this year. During the keynote, Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, joined Steve Ballmer onstage to talk about the recently announced partnership where Microsoft and Nokia combine their expertise and bring together highly complementary assets and competencies allowing the Windows Phone ecosystem to delight more customers at a greater scale.
Specifically, Steve discussed that in the coming months you will see a variety of features and capabilities coming to Windows Phone.
- 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 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 Mobile – A dramatically enhanced Internet Explorer Mobile 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.
With the combination of the recently announced partnership with Nokia and the product enhancements announced tonight, Microsoft is confident it is on a path to be successful with Windows Phone and its growing ecosystem; there is a clear vision for what lies ahead and a unique set of assets that will help us move the Windows Phone ecosystem forward.
In addition to this, the Windows Phone Blog offers a few more details:
Windows Phone 7 represents the best from Microsoft including Xbox LIVE, Office, Bing, Hotmail and Windows Live, adding to that deep integration of third party experiences like Facebook as well as thousands more from developers.
Notice that he doesn’t mention Zune there. At all. The word doesn’t appear once in this entire post, actually.
We prepare to deliver significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012.
So maybe something in 2011, but the real ramp-up doesn’t happen until 2012. When Windows 8 hits. Ahem.