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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 SavagePotato on 3/17/2010 2:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft needs to wise up on all their hardware fronts in my opinion.

I went with a PS3 over the 360 and have been very happy with that purchase from day one. I thought I would give the 360 a try one day when they hardware revised it to the point where it was cooler and more reliable, but I still have no compulsion to go out and get one.

Likewise I was disappointed with the Zune HD situation. I was actually looking forward to the HD but at the last minute found out it was US only and that crushed all hope and interest in it for me.

They can't keep pulling this cavalier we're Microsoft so we can do what we please attitude like they did with the abysmally rushed and faulty 360 lauch. Problem is they got away with it on the 360 and it seems to have emboldened them.

I love Windows 7, but when I see Microsoft's hardware efforts for me it's nothing but one disappointment after another.

I would have to say I am rooting for Android at this point.


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