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Microsoft hit the stage at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona yesterday to announce some upcoming features for Windows Phone 7. After the recent partnership announcement with Nokia, it was always going to be interesting to see what Steve Ballmer had in store for Windows Phone users. Hit the jump to find out what’s headed to Windows Phone 7 users and ultimately to a Nokia Windows Phone device later this year.

Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub.

The expanded capabilities announced today include:

  • Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
  • A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011
  • Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

Yes, its true. Windows Phone 7 does not currently support the copy/paste functionality, amongst many others which you may have come to love with Symbian. However the plan to build a new ecosystem will encourage features like this and others hit the platform very soon. Windows Phone will experience many updates before the end of the year, when we will see the first Nokia Windows Phone (hopefully at Nokia World in September).

Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business stated that, “This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world.”

Also announced during Microsoft’s keynote was an upcoming Xbox Live Kinect integration with Windows Phone. A gaming revolution to say the least will soon be compatible with mobile devices. No news as to when this feature will be added, but we’ll keep you updated on this and more Windows Phone news right here at TheNokiaReview.com, so make sure you stay tuned.

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