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
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