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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 Spivonious on 11/30/2010 10:10:08 AM , Rating: 2
That's just a coincidence. All MS has mandated is hardware specs.

Personally I like that idea. It lets developers know exactly what's available to use. It's the difference between developing for the Xbox and developing for Windows.


RE: Variety?
By Exodite on 11/30/2010 10:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
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That's just a coincidence. All MS has mandated is hardware specs.

^I don't know, that seems like an oxymoron to me.

Since they've mandated the hardware specs it hardly seems like a coincidence that all current WP7 handsets use the same SoC.

Of course I haven't seen it stated outright anywhere but it's not unreasonable to assume that WP7 only, currently, supports this one SoC. Meaning that things such as hardware acceleration wouldn't work on a TI OMAP or Samsung Hummingbird, for example.

Granted it's not a major hurdle at this point, assuming Microsoft is already preparing support for other SoCs. If they were to be late for the migration to dual-core Cortex A9 SoCs in the beginning of next year, due to lacking hardware support, that would be bad though.


RE: Variety?
By Spivonious on 11/30/2010 3:48:57 PM , Rating: 2
From what I understand, it is simple specs, and the SoC that the current handsets use was the only one that met all of the requirements (1GHz+ CPU, hardware graphics acceleration, etc.).

Future support would only require the proper drivers, not any built-in support in the OS. When I buy a new video card that Windows doesn't have drivers for, I download them from the video card maker, not from Microsoft.


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