First update: “No Donuts”
Thurrott says that a Windows Phone update codenamed “NoDo” will RTM in January, though it won’t ship until early February.
The first update will include copy & paste, support for the Qualcomm 7×30 chipset (which has improved 3D and multimedia performance), CDMA location stack and numerous software fixes.
Major update: “Mango”
Last month we got news of a rumored massive update for Windows Phone, which would make Windows Phone 7 become Windows Phone 7.5, supposedly.
Thurrott confirms that this update would bring Internet Explorer 9 to Windows Phone (which would bring the rendering engine Trident 5 to the browser), HTML5 support, Silverlight in the browser and gesture support as well.
Currently the build number is “75xx” which suggests it would indeed be called Windows Phone 7.5, but says it currently calls itself Windows Phone 7.2. He goes on to say the branch called the “entertainment” branch which suggests other updates revolving around, obviously, entertainment.
Please understand that this is not necessarily the next update after “NoDo,” this is simply a major update for Windows Phone in the future, but there could be more updates in between.
Windows Phone at CES
Sadly Steve Ballmer didn’t announce much of anything for Windows Phone at CES. No new sales figures, no updates, no anything (well, Kindle for Windows Phone is here now).
Windows Phone was demonstrated during Steve Ballmer’s keynote, which many thought was odd as they already introduced Windows Phone, and as stated, it wasn’t like anything new was announced.