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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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RE: Not Good Enough
By drycrust3 on 9/25/2010 2:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
When I heard about the funeral thoughts of Hitler toasting the defeat of the Russians at Stalingrad came to mind, especially as he was toasting their defeat just before the Russians launched their counter-attack.
Microsoft doesn't have a product that no one else has, or a product that is equal to what others have but they can market it better, or a product which is slightly inferior but they can supply it cheaper, which was what happened in the past.
Instead they will have a product for sale while their competition already is supplying cheaper; they have a product that is holding back manufacturers, but their competition is on hardware that is selling in huge numbers; they have a product that is perceived as inferior and costs more; and they have a product that is crawling to a launch date while their competitors have done several major upgrades.
My guess is by the time they launch they will have pretty well missed the boat for tablets as well.
Shortly after that, they will have to devote huge resources to dealing with a rising tide of malware, which will push users into running other OSes that are much more malware resistant.

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