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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: U R Funny People
By robinthakur on 9/27/2010 9:30:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well I'm from the UK and can categorically tell you that using a Nokia phone would be like going back in time, having used the iPhone since 2007. Nokia have been hampered by their own arrogance and inflexibility, unwilling or unable to match the iOSs and Androids of this world by their adherence to a OS roadmap which should have changed when the original iPhone made their OS look like the dated dinosaur it is. Sony Ericsson took the hint and are slowly getting to grips with Android, but their brand is pretty devalued still from the olden pre-iPhone days.

In a way Nokia are in a similar place to MS this time around, playing catch up with a brand new OS (Maemo and W7 respectively)

Resistive touch screens, The Ovi store, Comes with Music, the N96, N97 and the rest of their marketing initiatives have been shabolic and expensive failures, and Nokia Dev's must be watching App Store developers jealously, reaping the benefits without a horribly fragmented target market of incompatible OS's and frustrated yet undemanding users. The only thing masking what a big hit Nokia has taken is that they never have really sold vast volumes in the US, it's mainly the rest of the world, otherwise they would have lost more market share.

MS is, IMO, looking at another expensive failure with WP7. The market simply doesn't want further fragmentation right now with yet another platform to develop for, it's really getting silly. It is now between iOS and Android with RIM increasingly on the side. If MS could have wrangled backwards compatibility into it that might have helped a little bit, but they are effectively starting from scratch again with an immature platform seemingly apeing Apple from 4 years ago, and hoping to build on the Zune brand which has been a monumental failure despite some nice recent hardware (it's not even released in the UK). The problem is that they do not have the luxury of Apple's position in the market or their profitability, and the goal posts have significantly shifted in all this time that Microsoft has effectively not had a presence in the mobile market. Microsoft is battling just to even stay in the game this time around, and their platform is not even launched yet. How clueless and disconnected must their management be exactly?


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