Microsoft has begun sending out a software update to Windows Phone 7 devices. But this isn’t the update that’s expected to bring support for copy and paste functionality. And it’s not the even bigger update scheduled for later this year that will bring Internet Explorer 9, enhanced multitasking, and Twitter integration.

Instead, this update is a small one that paves the way for those other updates. Basically, Microsoft is tweaking your phone’s software in order to improve the software update process.

It might not sound that thrilling… because really, it isn’t. But it’s the first step toward bringing the features you are actually waiting for.

The initial update begins rolling out today, although not all users will get it at once. When you receive the message letting you know that a software update is available, you’ll have to connect your phone to a Mac or PC and use the Zune desktop software or Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac to install the new softwaer.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...