Update: Microsoft has posted answers to questions regarding the first WP7 software update and issues encountered by users.
Microsoft surprised us today by announcing the immediate availability of the first update for Windows Phone 7. While it’s not the upgrade that finally brings copy/paste features to WP7, it’s still an essential one, as it improves the upgrade functionality of the platform. Meaning, you’ll likely need this to make the software update process smoother in the future. Who knows, there may also be some unannounced bug fixes and slight performance improvements in there as well. Michael Stroh, from Microsoft’s official Windows Phone blog, posted all the details about the update earlier today. Check them out below.
What’s in this update?
This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.
In the future, I encourage you to check out our new update history page on the Windows Phone website for a brief, plain-English summary of what each update does or what features it adds to your phone.
When will I get this update?
We’ll begin sending it out today. But to help ensure the process goes smoothly, it won’t be sent to everyone at once. So you might see an update message before your spouse, co-worker, or neighbor (or vice versa). This is a common industry practice. That said, we understand you’re eager to have the latest software on your phone, and our goal is to deliver it to you as quickly as possible.
How do I update my phone?
So just install one of these programs, connect your phone to your computer via the USB cable, and then follow the on-screen instructions. I also strongly encourage you to check out our step-by-step guide for updating your phone on the Windows Phone website.
One last important word: If you’ve installed the Zune software or the Windows Phone 7 Connector in the past, you might actually need to update that program first and then use it to update your phone. If that’s the case, you’ll know. Just follow the on-screen instructions, restart the software, and then connect your phone.
Where can I get more help?
The Windows Phone website has several how-to and troubleshooting articles about phone updates. Here’s the complete list.
(Source: Windows Phone Blog)