By Stephen Schenck | March 9, 2011 6:34 PM
Sure, we’ve seen a few NoDo updates leak out for select Windows Phone 7 devices, but we’re still waiting for the software’s official release. Early-March is quickly turning into mid-March, without any NoDo to show for it. The window of just when to expect the update is starting to shrink down, though, thanks to a statement made by Microsoft’s division in France, targeting the release for the second half of the month.
That would make the remainder of this week pretty much bust, but set us up for a potential release as soon as next week. While Microsoft’s latest revelation makes this timetable possible, it’s looking more likely that we’re actually in store for a late-March distribution. At least, that’s according to blogger Mary-Jo Foley’s Microsoft contacts, who say that the company is trying to prepare the update for the week of March 21.
The update itself seems like it’s complete, at least from the builds available for phones like the HTC 7 Mozart. That has us wondering just what’s holding things up. Those phones wouldn’t need CDMA support, being added as part of NoDo, so perhaps that’s a component of it. We could also be looking at issues with the carriers, who may be insisting on continued testing of the update to avoid any further shenanigans like those that have befallen Samsung devices. With the first CDMA WP7 phones coming out the week of the 21st, that certainly sounds like a reasonable deadline by which you can expect NoDo to arrive.