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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: huh
By adiposity on 11/30/2010 2:24:05 PM , Rating: 2
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If it really matters that much to you, stay away from the platform. But I think it was a smart move on MS's part, people will buy the phones during Christmas with an expectation that their phones will get a big update a month or so later.


That's not the point, really. My personal decision about which platform to use has nothing to do with it. In the past I've owned mostly WinMo phones, but I switched to Android after getting sick of the lag on my HTC Touch Pro (which had excellent hardware but still couldn't hack it).

It just sounds like you are defending Microsoft here, which is totally unnecessary. I'm not attacking them, just pointing out the difficulties they face in the current market. It's a bit of a joke to say, "they are a fierce competitor now!" when all they've done is catch up to existing offerings.

They are moving quickly, and that's great. But realistically, being behind in marketshare, development, 3rd party apps, and carrier support are big problems.

The question simply isn't "how fast does Microsoft do things once they get started on them?" but rather, "will Microsoft succeed in the current marketplace?"


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