Microsoft’s Eric Hautala confirms the internal emails I and others have received stating that AT&T will deliver the Windows Phone 7 pre-update and NoDo to two of its three phones starting this week. But he also has some additional news:
The LG Quantum and Samsung Focus are now scheduling both the February update and the March “copy and paste” update.
The HTC Surround won’t be joining the update party just yet [because] one of the third-party software “packages” earmarked for the HTC Surround needs additional testing by both Microsoft and AT&T.
The update we’ll be shipping to AT&T customers also includes support for two special AT&T features. The first is “WISPr” protocol support, which makes it possible for your phone’s data connection to automatically switch over to AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots when in range. The update also includes support for AT&T Address Book.
So this is good news, I guess. But I wish that AT&T would just ship these apps separately. After all, they have their own special place in the Windows Phone Marketplace for this kind of stuff and could send everyone a free MMS announcing the. And doing it that way would mean that the software update to which they’re attached (NoDo in this case) wouldn’t be delayed longer than otherwise required.
But if I were forced to guess, I’d say that they’re being included because AT&T intends to include them as part of their stock OS image going forward.
Anyway, progress is progress.