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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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RE: Variety?
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 7:05:51 PM , Rating: 3
I think they are all QSD8250s... Its still an arm7 Cortex A8 at heart though, just like pretty much every other smartphone on the market right now.

It makes sense for MS to go that route though, optimize for a particular line of chips and then branch out from there if needs be.. It also will help serve as quality control, especially in the beginning while they want to gain traction. There won't be nearly as many cases as with Android in which certain apps don't work with certain phones.


RE: Variety?
By Exodite on 11/29/2010 7:08:46 PM , Rating: 2
Certainly, I totally understand why they did it as optimizing for one platform is a lot easier.

It did come at the cost of variety and options though, which I feel the article kinda glossed over.


RE: Variety?
By omnicronx on 11/29/2010 7:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Variety in terms of what though? Yes they will all support the same frequencies, camera's, sd cards etc, but in terms of form factor (which I would assume is what most people talk about in terms of variety), there are plenty of options. (especially for a release)..

I will tend to agree though, its not mentioned in very many places that the underlying platform is the same.


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