the public first received a taste of the Windows
Phone 7 OS, they liked what they saw. The interface looked
great and surprisingly different from the iPhone-like status quo.
And many were excited that Microsoft was pushing its Xbox gaming
dedication and Zune successes into its new phone project.Then
came the bad news. At launch here would be no copy and
application multitasking, and perhaps most importantly, no memory
card support. The lack of copy
and paste can be perhaps excused if Microsoft merely wants
to make sure to perfect it before airing it in finished form.
Likewise, mobile multitasking is no easy chore and while it's
disappointing that the feature won't be ready at launch, perhaps it's
better that Microsoft did things right then released a sloppy,
battery-chowing implementation.But no
access to replaceable memory? That's a new one for
Windows-based smartphones -- Microsoft's Todd Brix says that denying
users access to replaceable memory makers for a "simpler"
and "more satisfying" user experience.At the Dutch
DevDay event, Tweakers.net interviewed Microsoft's
Charlie Kindel about the new phone project and Microsoft's plans to
fix its shortcomings.Kindel admits the release of Windows
Phone 7 later this year will be far from "feature complete",
but he says that things like multitasking and the ability to
customize your home screen will eventually be added, via Zune
software updates (the new phone OS shares a code base with the Zune
media players) or over-the-air releases for smaller updates.
Unlike past versions of Windows Mobile, Microsoft will strive to have
all its phones operating on the same OS, and will not allow OEM
specific versions of the operating system.Kindel says HTC,
Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, and ASUSTek, are all cooking up Windows
Phone 7 devices. He is confident that Microsoft will be able to
launch products later this year, stating, "When I see where we
are today in terms of speed and stability of the OS, I am sure that
we get it."Why the delay on the multi-tasking? It's
hard, says Kindel. He states, "For example if you have an
application in the background a GPS position to other applications,
can pass, it is required that the application can run in the
background. For such scenarios, we will build multi-tasking
again."Kindel gave no indication that Microsoft ever
plans to let users have free access to replaceable memory in the new
OS.While the phone doesn't look much like the iPhone, he also
says that his company is following in Apple's footsteps when it comes
to developing the new OS. He states, "That’s right, in
many cases we are following in Apple’s line. We found the user
experience provided by Windows Phone 7 required sharp choices. It may
be true that some of these choices match those of Apple. At the end
of the day it is for us both about the user experience of
smartphones."The real question is whether users will
accept that line and purchase cell phones that don't support
replaceable memory (which Android does), multi-tasking (which Apple,
Palm, Android will all soon do), and copy and paste (also available
in all the major competitors). And a second important question
is, when these features someday arrive, will buyers really greet them
with open arms? Those are some tough questions for Microsoft's
ambitious phone reboot.
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