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Microsoft seems to have solved the mystery of the disappearing Windows Phone keyboard.
Just rolling out to select phones yesterday, the latest update to Windows Phone 7 , known as build 8107, resolves a variety of issues, according to The Verge and other tech news outlets. Chief among them is a fix for the vanishing keyboard, which has vexed many users of Windows Phone 7.5, aka Mango.
First spotting the glitch in October, users complained that their keyboard would either vanish in the middle of an e-mail or text message or simply fail to pop up when activated. At the time, Microsoft told CNET that it was investigating the issue to find the root cause, and now it seems the company has been able to resolve the problem.
Other glitches that have been fixed include a Gmail syncing problem and an e-mail issue with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 that prevented the original message from being included in the response. The update also resolves a problem with weak encryption keys issued by digital certificate authority DigiCert Sdn Bhd.
Finally, the 8107 update addresses a location-based privacy issue, allowing a certain feature in Windows Phone to send anonymous information about local Wi-Fi hot spots and cellular towers only if the user agrees to it, added The Verge.
Italian Windows Phone news site Plaffo.com ( English translation ) said today that it received the new update on a Vodafone LG Optimus 7 phone and confirmed the various bug fixes.
But the update apparently does not resolve an SMS flaw found last month that can trigger the disabling of the messaging functionality in Windows Phone, tweeted Tom Warren , a news editor at The Verge and founder of WinRumors.
We contacted Microsoft for further details on the update but haven't yet received a response.
Windows Phone users can learn more about updating their phones at Microsoft's Update Central Web site .
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