Chris Walsh (a.k.a. @ChrisWalshie on Twitter) is a Windows Phone 7 developer. He is well known for his participation and contributions to the ChevronWP7 aplication that allows for “sideloading” apps from other sources than the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Chris Walsh, MobilityDigest.com and CNet.com all claim to have inside knowledge of the update to come in January. This is a compilation of their information. In their articles related to WP7’s first update, they indicate that the WP7 update will have at the very least the following items:
- Bing turn-by-turn directions and other improvements. This is being beta tested right now.
- Custom ringtone support: An app that will allow users to edit, customize, search and store ringtones.
- Multi-tasking (at least some form of multi-tasking, the details are not clear). The latest (unclear) information we have about this one is that it will be supported through some form of multi-tasking via the hubs. This means that the hubs in applications will have some form of multitasking capabilities when used properly. This feature will reportedly be implemented only in the short term. Does this mean that we are only talking about app-switching instead of multi-tasking for now? If so, it still would be much better than none at all!
- SkyDrive integration. Doing this would probably make sense since we are now linking MS Office 2010 and OneNote 2010 via SkyDrive to the devices, but the way to add new documents is a bit cumbersome.
- Flash/Silverlight plug-in