Microsoft confirms “NoDo” delay

Microsoft spokesman Eric Hautala on Thursday confirmed suspicions that the company would be pushing back the release of its “NoDo” update for Windows phones. Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer had previously said it would be out during the first week of March, but problems with the company’s February update have delayed the launch for a couple of weeks.

Hautala, who runs the team responsible for the phone updates, said the next update would be coming out in the latter half of March.

Microsoft announced that 10 percent of Windows Phone 7 customers had trouble with the update that was released in February, particularly those with Samsung phones. Hautala said that the company was trying to learn from the problems and will “take some extra time to ensure the update process meets our standards, your standards, and the standards of our partners.”

The next update will include tweaks to the system such as a copy and paste feature, the capability to support CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint and changes to Marketplace search.

Hautala said the delay of the “NoDo” update would not affect the timing of future updates, “including the one announced recently at Mobile World Congress featuring multitasking, a Twitter feature, and a new HTML 5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile.”

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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