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"Full of win!"
Update remedies early shortcomings, including copy/cut/paste and multitasking deficiencies

Windows Phone 7 is finally here.  The good is that there's lots of hardware varieties to choose from, much like Android.  Also in the good news category is the slick and easy to used polished user interface that comes standard with WP7.  The bad news is that many features are notably missing -- hot swappable SD memory, copy/cut/paste, and true third-party multitasking.

But there's hope yet for those who have purchased Windows Phone 7 handsets, or are thinking about it.  Microsoft is rumored to be planning a massive update to the young operating system according to wpcentral.

The news was leaked by overexcited Windows Phone 7 developer Chris Walsh, who couldn't keep quiet about the update's inclusion of copy/cut/paste, free voice-guided Bing navigation, custom ringtone support, a third-party multitasking solution, and more.

The update is rumored to land as early as January, in time to go head to head with Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and Apple's iOS 4.3.

If indeed all those rumored features make it to the finished product, Microsoft would unleash a wicked competitor on the market.  As one Twitter poster put it, "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years."

Another poster comments, "Let's just say, they could have called it Windows Phone 8."

Let's just say Google and Apple are doubtless watching closely how this one plays out.



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Remote Desktop possible?
By mrdelldude on 11/29/2010 5:37:07 PM , Rating: 3
For me at work, if this isn't available then it's a deal breaker.

Any idea if this supposed update will allow remote desktop - either through MS or 3rd party?




RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By Jedi2155 on 11/29/2010 5:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure about WinMo 7 but you could do it in Android with the TeamViewer App


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By GreenEnvt on 11/29/2010 7:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Teamviewer is great, but it requires a client on both ends (at least the pc end).

There are a few products in the android market that support both the native windows RDP client, and vnc.


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 6:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think its an integrated app, but considering that Windows Mobile used to package it for free, I could very well be coming.

Just like any other smartphone, there is already an app available on the market.

Currently no smartphone OS supports it natively.. Although Android/iOS/Windows Phone have third party apps available..


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 6:48:35 PM , Rating: 2
Not exactly sure how it would work though, considering tcp/ip is not exposed to apps as it currently stands if I remember correctly...(which is a big problem right now for development which I hope is added very quickly) So it may only be a vnc client or something which can go over HTTP.


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By Samus on 11/29/2010 11:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
Since every Windows CE/Mobile device I've ever used had a RDP client, I'd be shocked if Mobile 7 didn't have one in very short time.

But who knows...I still don't know exactly what markets they're targeting with this phone. Unfortunately, IT doesn't seem to be one of them. We're stuck with Android and Blackberry OS until this becomes a 'complete' package.


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By Smilin on 11/30/2010 10:05:02 AM , Rating: 2
You can create a TCP socket with the current APIs. I think raw UDP was the one not exposed (which kinda kills some streaming ideas). Could be wrong.


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By Flunk on 11/30/2010 10:40:33 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, you can't. The System.Net.Sockets namespace is there but totally empty. It's quite likely they will make this available later on.

Otherwise the only way you could get this to work would be to write a server app for the PC that runs as a web service and connect to that from the phone. It would be a big pain but possibly feasible.


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By omnicronx on 11/30/2010 11:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
Ya I checked again yesterday, only access to web API's, no TCP/IP as it currently stands..

So that pretty much nixes any third party true RDP client for now... although I'd be very surprised if they did not add this later on as you noted. Right now third party API support is not so great, I hope this update includes many of the missing links or the apps will suffer..


RE: Remote Desktop possible?
By MCKENZIE1130 on 11/29/10, Rating: -1
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