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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 Brandon Hill on 3/16/2010 10:19:19 PM , Rating: 5
Uhh, I copy and paste phone numbers, email addresses, tracking numbers from emails, passages from articles, pictures, etc. Pretty much anything I'd do on my laptop.

It's not that hard to imagine, really.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By inighthawki on 3/16/2010 10:52:11 PM , Rating: 1
I suppose we have quite different uses for phones then. Sure I don't have a smart phone but if I did I don't think I'd be doing any of that stuff...

RE: What the hell is this?!
By semiconshawn on 3/17/2010 1:03:24 AM , Rating: 4
Sure I don't have a smart phone but if I did I don't think I'd be doing any of that stuff...

That stuff being emailing, txting, calling, surfing, and basically using the smart phone? What exactly would you do with it?

Absolutely dumb of MS to release a phone OS with out cut and paste. Even if nobody used it the bad press apple got would be enough to make me include it just so I could check that feature box.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Mk4ever on 3/17/2010 2:12:15 AM , Rating: 3
What exactly would you do with it?

Hint: smart phone, not phone

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Samus on 3/17/2010 5:16:44 AM , Rating: 2
Dudes, I agree with Brandon. If I couldn't copy and paste on my Blackberry I'd throw the fucking thing in the trash and just get some piece of shit Motorola. Because basically, thats one of the only reasons I have a smartphone.

Without C&P, my fancy address book, text messaging capabilities, email, and to some extend, calender, are crippled severely.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By grenableu on 3/17/2010 6:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
I use c&p, but I wouldn't exactly call it a drop dead feature. Useability and speed are the most important things.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Brandon Hill on 3/17/2010 6:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
The addition of copy and paste has made my iPhone indispensable. I used to have to run back to my laptop to do basic stuff like copy a portion of text to include in an email. Now I can pretty much do anything from my iPhone that I can do on my laptop (within reason). That is a big plus when you need to make quick edits on the go or simply "function as a laptop" in a pinch despite the limited screen real estate.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/17/2010 9:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
The addition of copy and paste has made my iPhone indispensable

But you still bought the iPhone before it was added, didn't you ?!? Don't lie !

See, that's my only point. I'm not saying it's cool the MS phone doesn't have it, but don't pretend that it's a dealbreaker. Because obviously it wasn't for you and millions of others.

That's why I called double standard.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Brandon Hill on 3/17/2010 9:52:08 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't buy an iPhone until the 3GS came out.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Brandon Hill on 3/17/2010 9:56:31 AM , Rating: 2
Let me add, before the iPhone, I had an iPod touch.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By Akrovah on 3/17/2010 11:31:09 AM , Rating: 1
Thats not a double standard, thats called bitching about something you can't change but living with it anyway, as those who purchase a WinPho7 product knowing this info in advance will have do.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By thurston on 3/18/2010 8:42:46 PM , Rating: 1
What's it like being such a dick? Even you have to realize you're a dick. Don't lie.

RE: What the hell is this?!
By themaster08 on 3/17/2010 6:43:44 AM , Rating: 2
Basic functionality is much more important than speed. At least for me anyway.

For me personally, multitasking and copy and paste are some of the most fundamental features of a smartphone, that I have become very much accustomed to for the past 8 years of smartphone usage.

Without said features, such a phone is pretty much useless to me.

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