Microsoft Shows New Windows Phone 7 Features at MWC 2011

Submitted by lalit on February 18, 2011 - 2:39pm.

At Mobile World Congress opening keynote, Microsoft showed what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. And also defended Microsoft and Nokia’s partnership announced few days back. Microsoft announced that the following new features would be coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011:

  • Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
  • A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011

Microsoft also reiterated that 2 million Windows Phone 7 licenses were sold in first two months and now there are over 8,000 apps in the marketplace. However, they didn’t mention the actually sales numbers (which some analysts say are very low) or gave any information about how sales are going this quarter.

“We’re in the race – it’s not a sprint but we are certainly gaining momentum and we’re in it for the long run,” said Achim Berg, a corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business and Marketing Group. “We know we have tough competition, and this is a completely new product. Our design is different, our platform is different, our customer experience is different, and our long-term strategy for earning widespread adoption is different.”

As you would have guessed from the above statement, Microsoft is not talking number because they are not worth mentioning. But Microsoft is definitely trying to change Windows Mobile history by claiming that Windows Phone 7 is the starting step for Microsoft in smartphone market and development started two and a half year ago, when we all know that Microsoft announced plans to release Windows Phone 7 in 2007 after iPhone was announced.

Overall, except from the features that will come to Windows Phone 7 in 2011, the whole keynote was filled with vague statements about Windows Phone 7 growth. You can check out the complete keynote video below.