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Microsoft drops another bombshell at MIX10

Two steps forward, one step back. That seems to be an emerging trend for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series platform. The snazzy user interface, support for the XNA Framework/Silverlight/Adobe Flash 10.1, Windows Phone Marketplace, and plentiful device manufacturers to choose from are certainly pleasing to potential buyers. However, we're starting to learn a little bit more about the platform at MIX10 and it isn't all rosy.

Yesterday, we learned that Windows Phone 7 Series will not support true multitasking. Instead, the mobile operating system will support a push notification called Microsoft Notification Service (MNS). The MNS works almost exactly like the push notification system currently enabled on Apple's iPhone.

"How do you trade-off battery life at the same time? As soon as you allow arbitrary apps to do things in the background, it can run out the battery pretty quickly," said Microsoft's Scott Guthrie at a MIX10 roundtable according to Gizmodo.

Interestingly enough, Windows Mobile 6.x supports multitasking so it's a notable backwards move for the platform.

In another blow to power users -- and another feature that is present on current Windows Mobile smartphones -- is the news that copy and paste won't be supported initially at launch according to Engadget. Apple was lambasted for the lack of copy and paste on the iPhone and it wasn't until iPhone OS 3.0 that the feature was added to the smartphone. It's almost inconceivable that Microsoft would choose to show up late to the party (Q4 2010) without some semblance of copy and paste for its flagship mobile OS.

Microsoft hasn't ruled out that copy and paste may appear in later iterations of Windows Phone 7 Series operating system, but don't hold your breath expecting to see it in time for the Holiday '10 season.

Updated 3/17/2010 @ 6:32am EST
Engadget has confirmed that there is no copy and paste included in Windows Phone 7 Series:

We just super-double-ultra-plus-confirmed this with Microsoft -- Windows Phone 7 Series will not have copy and paste functionality. There is a data-detection service built into the text-handling API that will recognize phone numbers and addresses, but Microsoft says most users, including Office users, don't really need clipboard functionality. We... respectfully disagree.



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RE: What the hell is this?!
By biggsjm on 3/16/2010 8:50:04 PM , Rating: 3
People need to realize that there is a shift in the computing world. Microsoft and Apple are seeing the benefit to an OS that is obfuscated from the user. One where 3rd Party apps run in their own protected memory sandbox and cannot interact with the OS outside of a few public APIs. Because these systems are being built from the ground up, they have slowly implemented features which may disrupt this architecture, making sure that the concepts and procedures are fully baked before implementing them. Personally, I find this refreshing and am glad to see Microsoft seeing the value in what Apple has done.

This is 1984 all over again. Apple released a revolutionary OS. Several competitors in the market exist, some had "better" products, in that users found the competition had better features and capabilities, but Apple had the better long-term OS strategy and UI concepts. Microsoft, shrewd as it was back then, has followed the industry leader and replicated their OS strategy (albeit this time with a unique UI that is their own creation). Amazing!


RE: What the hell is this?!
By rudy on 3/17/2010 8:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
joke?


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