Windows Phone 7 gets an OS update; Apps populating the Marketplace


Easily one of the biggest concerns about Windows Phone 7 is not so much the initial limitations, but rather how often Microsoft updates the OS to address those. Fact is, Microsoft does not have a track record to go by, leaving many potential power users here...skeptical.

Today we have some good news in this regard as Microsoft has already updated the developer release of the OS via the Zune software as evidenced up above (from MobileTechWorld). Of course we won't know how often this will happen after release, but it goes to show how easy the process should be in theory. Looks good to us.

The other good news is that Microsoft is populating the store with more apps, including  "NY Times Reader, Yelp, YouTube, AT&T Uverse, Stocks, Weather, Translator". The rest can be seen in the collage below. Before there were maybe 3 or 4 apps (some of which were recently demoed), so this is an improvement for sure. Also worth noting are the icons, there seems to be two themes: basic Metro and full on color.

The image and info comes via Justin Angel (who still doesn't have a device, but has "hacked" his way this to this point).

[Thanks, Daniel G, for the tip!]

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Looks like a nice UI improvement over the current HTC solution. But I still long for the day when updates will happen silently and automatically without me even noticing...
  • WinPho7 is supposed to have OTA updates.
  • youtube! this was a big worry for a lot of people since flash wasnt going to be there at launch. and cool to see youtube be apart of the "music + video" hub instead of a seperate app of its own.
  • at&t uverse? Will windows phone 7 be the first phone in the US with true Television capabilities?
  • no, the U-verse app is just a guide and dvr scheduler like the one for DIRECTV. :( I want 700 mobile channels too
  • No, actually I'd like to know what and when something I own is being upgraded/updated so I can decide when and if I even want that update.
  • Well, it's a start.
    They have to keep it up and improve with each update. Not patch like they used to.
  • " Fact is, Microsoft does not have a track record to go by, leaving many potential power users here...skeptical." true. but, there's other areas to look at regarding updating philosophy. Zune and Xbox. Those devices have been updated frequently so hopefully that will be the philosophy with Win Phones.
  • I've had about 5 WinMo phones since 2002...and not ONCE did that darn "Windows Update" ever find anything to update. Am I the only lucky/unlucky one?
  • No you aren't the only one. Past WM devices have been controlled by carriers and manufacturers (if you wanted an update, the manufacturer would provide you with a newer firmware). This is the reason why MS is enforcing so many new limitations and taking control of the OS. You should see a lot more updates OTA and through Zune (for bigger updates like this one). And I would say updates to services like Windows, Xbox and Zune show that MS is very good with updates. In fact the updates to Xbox are done far, far better than Sony handle the PS3.
  • Hoping that WP7 will have some type of registry that can been tweaked and at least allow users to utilize devices as hotspots.
  • i'm not a developer, but given Microsoft's legacy and the fact that they are a legacy company, i'm sure there'll be a registry. But i doubt there'll be a way to create a hotspot with WP7 1.0. Tethering perhaps, but it seems like that would be the kind of thing that would've leaked out with all the dev devices out there.