Just yesterday in the comments I noted that I’ll be reaching out to David Pogue when “the first Service Pack comes out in mid-January (with copy and paste, turn-by-turn directions, task switching and plugins for Flash and Silverlight)”. That was based on a rumor first published by MSNerd. Today we have reconfirmation of that rumor. In a blog post from a director at MS:

Critics have commented on the lack of specific features like copy & paste and lack of 100s of thousands of applications. And while both are true, copy & paste will be available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011) and as for applications, it’s just a matter of time. Developing Windows Phone 7 apps is as easy as developing any .NET/Silverlight application.

If the rumors hold true, that’s not just a copy and paste update, that’s a Bing navigaton, task switching, Flash/Silverlight plug-in enabling update. So for the critics out there, you’re on notice – you don’t have a lot of time to point to these issues so use them while you can.  Now get me my phone so I can start a new countdown for SP 1.

via WPCentral


  1. Just curious – where are you getting hints about Task-Switching and Bing Navigation? I’ve seen the copy/paste posts, I remember hints of flash/silverlight. I just haven’t heard any serious rumors on task-switching and navigation updates.

  2. What about Syncing to Outlook? That is huge for me and I do not want a Hotmail work around. WTF? How could they abondon this for Exchange Sync only?

  3. That update will not be called SP1. According to adobe it will not contain flash and it for sure will not contain silverlight for the browser.

  4. @bitbonk: It will not be SP1 – that’s just a joke. As for Sivlerlight and Flash, the holdup stems from the inability to do plugins in the browser. That’s known to be in the testing phase now though so it’s not too hard to imagine it all gets worked out at once.

  5. I wouldn’t count on syncing with Outlook… the only reason to sync with the desktop now is media and dorado(zune) does that(superbly IMHO)… you don’t have to sync only with hotmail… WP7 supports syncing with Google via EAS…
    As the New windows 7 ads say..”To the cloud” :)

  6. Task-swtiching, copy & paste and full Bing feature set is a gold level update. I predicted the update would be released and announced at Mobile World Congress but early January beats that date. Win!

  7. I might try to coincide my memory card install in the Focus with the SP1 update. Can’t wait until Monday though!

  8. I was able to sync my work Outlook using the Outlook Web Access URL. Worked like a charm.

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