Chris Walsh, part of the team behind ChevronWP7 unlocker, has put the rumor mill in motion with a series of tweets in which he claims to have knowledge of a major Windows Phone 7 update coming soon.
Walsh states that the Windows Phone 7 update, allegedly developed even before the launch of the initial version, is so massive that in fact “they could have called it Windows Phone 8”. He also claims that more details will be disclosed soon and that it took Microsoft three months to achieve what Apple did in three years.
All the enthusiasm aside, we know since the Windows Phone 7 keynote, straight from Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President Windows Phone Program Management at Microsoft, that Copy/Paste functionality will arrive early 2011 and we also know that turn-by-turn navigation was rumored to be part of the January update too. While these two, plus the possibility of selecting ringtones might be some great additions as well as fixes to early bugs, most definitely this would not be a major “Windows Phone 8”-like update. Is Microsoft bringing third party multi-tasking to the system? Could be also a great way to improve the platform and could somehow explain the “took Apple three years” to achieve perspective. We know that USB drive mode is currently unsupported but this might also be a possibility (a thin one though). Cloud based backup? What do you think Microsoft should offer in the first ever Windows Phone 7 update?