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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: One important feature missing
By Gio6518 on 11/29/2010 7:24:15 PM , Rating: 2
HMMMMMMMM, not too long ago you said it's going to take sales away from android.


RE: One important feature missing
By Tony Swash on 11/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: One important feature missing
By Pirks on 11/30/2010 10:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
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the issue is why would they select WP7 over Android and have to pay a fee for doing that?
If MS really wants to beat Android they will start offering WP7 for free, just to grab market share. They did this trick with IE/Netscape, and it worked then. Should work now too.


RE: One important feature missing
By Smilin on 11/30/2010 2:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
It basically is free. The cost to license it is very low. Low enough that it doesn't affect the consumer price so it doesn't affect sales.

The pricing kinda reminds me of XBL. It's low enough that very few people mind yet taken as a whole it generates a lot of revenue for MS. Sony tried to get the public riled up but it failed and they are kicking themselves about a billion ($$$) times a year now because they didn't think of it.

plus or minus $20 in price on a phone isn't going to storm the market.

There are a lot of benefits that come with the cost too. Patent liability alone would be worth it. Just ask HTC.


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