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The list of things that Windows Phone 7 can't do grows

Windows Phone 7 is shaping up to be more memorable for the features that it lacks rather than what new functionality that it brings to the table. The latest feature to be dropped from Windows Phone 7's spec sheet is tethering.

Some sites were reporting earlier in the week that the mobile operating system would support tethering due to comments made by Brandon Watson, Director of Windows Phone 7. However, a Microsoft spokesman contacted Boy Genius Report today to state that Watson was mistaken and that “Windows Phone 7 does not support tethering."

Microsoft's next generation mobile operating system, which recently went RTM, also lacks copy/paste and third-party multitasking. Both were features that Apple was long criticized for when the original iPhone launched in 2007. It wasn't until 2009 that the iPhone received copy/paste functionality, while full multitasking and tethering (in the U.S.) didn't show up until this year.

Microsoft's first iteration of Windows Phone 7 appears to be seriously lacking when it comes to basic smartphone functionality, but Microsoft still has time to add features at a later time. Microsoft has stated in the past that it wanted to make sure that the initial release of Windows Phone 7 was near perfect, and that things like copy/paste and multitasking could wait until a later date (possibly v7.5).

However, Microsoft has stiff competition in the smartphone market given dominate players like RIM, Apple and Google. Apple's iPhone has taken a nice chunk out of smartphone sales globally, and Google's Android operating system is dominating the sales charts in the United States -- Microsoft can't afford to be conservative this time around.

Despite Windows Phone 7's shortcomings and the presence of stiff competition, Microsoft has still boldly predicted that its latest mobile OS will crush the competition. The boys from Redmond held a mock funeral for the iPhone and BlackBerry earlier this month complete with caskets.

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By valkator on 9/24/2010 2:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
Tethering is not that big of a deal. The phone looks promising and the only thing I can not get over is the home screen and how there is so much black empty space on the top and right. Everytime I see that screen it's like, errr just shift over and zoom in.

RE: ok
By Helbore on 9/24/2010 3:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call "lacking features that are commonplace in the competition" looking promising.

Seriously, I had been looking forward to WinMo7 for years as a die-hard WinMo user. I gave up the waiting game last year and bought an HTC Hero. But I still had hopes that WinMo7 would win me back. I loved the look of the early leaked stuff that came out. I still do.

Then Win Phone 7 hit and I've been decidedly underwhelmed ever since. It looks pretty slick, but I'll be giving it a pass for the same reason I passed on the iPhone when it came out - looking pretty doesn't make up for a lack of functionality.

Lack of tethering is just one more reason I won't be buying a Win Phone 7. Sure, it might come in a later release, but why would I care? My android phone can do it all now and will probably be doing even more by the time Microsoft catches up. Too little, too late and I doubt I'm the only old-time WinMo user who feels that way.

Such a shame.

RE: ok
By kmmatney on 9/24/2010 11:44:07 PM , Rating: 2
Tethering is a big deal if you use it a lot. I'm using it a lot more than I thought I ever would, and would not buy a phone that couldn't do it now. In my case, I'm using MyWi with a Jailbroken 3GS, which turns the phone into a wireless router.

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