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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 Gholam on 9/26/2010 2:46:02 AM , Rating: 1
Copy/paste - Easy enough to add. The iPhone didnt have it for ages and people still managed fine. Sure it will be added.

Question is, when? It took Apple years to add it, how long will it take Microsoft?

Multitasking - It does multitask the important core apps and not everything needs it.

How about letting the users decide who needs it and who doesn't? But we'll come back to it.

Native code support is absent (for now) - Dont care its not an open os and they give you plenty of development tools.

There's quite a bit of stuff that can't be done in Silverlight/XNA due to platform limitations.

Tethering - Again most are locked from the carrier but unlocked through applications.

...and on WP7, without native support, impossible to implement due to platform limitations that have nothing to do with carriers.

No Skype (or any VoIP) - These are generally carrier reasons like iPhone denied it because AT&T wanted you to use your minutes. Take up the issue with the carrier. iPhone would prefer to sell devices and care less where you get your service from.

Again, nothing to do with carriers. Silverlight doesn't do sockets, so VOIP is impossible.

Very limited VPN support - Can be resolved in an app but thsts more of a corporate request.

No it can't; as there is no multitasking or sockets. Even if you could make a VPN client for WP7, it'd be useless, as you wouldn't be able to actually do anything while it's active, or you'd break the connection.


I'm a current WM6.1 user, and was looking forward to switching to WP7 when it comes out, but the long list of missing features - lack of tethering being the proverbial straw - has pushed me into the Android camp. Looks like I'll be getting a Milestone 2 or a Desire Z, whichever first becomes available in my country.

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