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Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update Trickling Out

People started getting the NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 this week. This is the biggie people have been waiting on as it adds copy and paste plus other features. It isn't hitting everyone at once though. It will take days, weeks or longer to make it to everyone's phone.

People started getting the NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 this week. This is the biggie people have been waiting on as it adds copy and paste plus other features. It isn't hitting everyone at once though. It will take days, weeks or longer to make it to everyone's phone.The update was first rolled out to unbranded phones, something more common in Europe than the US. This is likely because no carrier testing was necessary as a carrier didn't sell that phone. If you look at the international rollout schedule for the March update, you can see that most are delivering the update currently. A few are scheduling the update, which means it should be out in 10 days or less. The rest are still testing, which means you are at least a few weeks away.

In the US, T-Mobile is rolling the update out for the HTC HD7 and the Dell Venue Pro is also receiving it.

AT&T devices, on the other hand, are still in testing and should complete that in "early April." Add time to schedule the updates and you may be at the end of April or even early May before NoDo arrives. I would have thought that Microsoft's "preferred partner" for Windows Phone 7 would be more proactive in getting this out to consumers faster.

Rather than being at AT&T's mercy, or any other carrier not rolling out the updates timely, the folks over at XDA Developers have explained how to remove the branding from the device which will allow Microsoft to roll it out immediately.

That is the behavior that a delayed rollout encourages. If Microsoft and the carriers want to prevent this behavior, they need to come up with a way to push these updates out to everyone at virtually the same time.

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