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Big Windows Phone 7 patch may widen multitasking in February

updated 09:15 am EST, Fri December 10, 2010

Windows Phone 7 may get 2nd big update at MWC

Microsoft's update to add copy and paste text to Windows Phone 7 may just be a prelude to much larger updates that put it more on par with Apple and Google, tips divulged this morning. The company would catch up in text editing with an update in January that might go live at CES, but an update at the Mobile World Congress show in February would dramatically expand the available support. It would open up programming interfaces for some multitasking, add in-app downloads and allow more user customization, WinRumors was told.

The release is purportedly in limited beta testing, with fragments but not the whole update sent to some outside testers. "Apps in 2011 will certainly become more interesting," a developer with first-hand experience said.

Longer-term updates should also help close some of the remaining gaps for the web browser. A recent job listing has promised a "major overhaul" in mobile Internet Explorer's bandwidth use, power efficiency, speed and standards support. The update likely wouldn't be ready in time for MWC but could be ready in time for WP8. Microsoft's current browser is much more accurate than in Windows Mobile but, being based on Internet Explorer 7, doesn't support HTML5 and isn't as fast as those in Android or iOS.

A more official update should come for for Silverlight, which forms the foundation of the interface and much of the app support in WP7. Visual Studio Senior Technical Evangelist Brian Keller in a recent Channel 9 video dropped strong hints that Microsoft was "saving" WP7 Silverlight updates for MWC, further supporting beliefs that a major update was in store.

The company may need the updates to maintain its viability in the smartphone space. While Windows Phone 7 has been relatively well received on a critical level, it has been criticized by some developers for its limited state and hasn't been given sales numbers so far. Many of those opting for Android or iPhones have cited the lack of copy-and-paste text, multitasking and other important features as impeding the OS even with a unique interface and corporate support.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +1

    WP7 = one of many

    just like Zune... Microsoft will be duking it out for 3rd place, far far behind iOS and Android.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +3

    Mud Wrestling with Nokia

    MS is ready to get down and dirty with yet another me-too-late-to-the-party wannabe product. it'll be fun to watch them duke it out with Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson for last place.

    They should stick to what they do best. Writing buggy, non-secure bloatware with clip-art design sensibilities, following strict anti-usability standards. There's still plenty of entrenched IT personnel to keep their warez vital money makers for years to come.

    Some day MS will realize that they simply can't throw cash at problems or buy their way into markets.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    0

    No Matter What They Release ...

    The Windows Phlop 7 is 3 years late to the party.

    And putting the Apple, Inc. logo in the PEOPLE tile of their UI (as in the above photo) isn't fooling anyone into thinking the 'Phlop 7 is anything even close to an iPhone.

  1. iphonerulez

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    They can add all the features they want and

    they're still in for a long, hard struggle to regain market share. Consumers need a good reason to go back to the Microsoft mobile platform. They may still have a bitter taste in their mouths from WinMo 6. I'm sure many smartphone vendors also do. Neither iOS or Android has finished growing so WP7 has to likely steal market share from Symbian or RIM to gain a consumer base. Either way, Android is squeezing the h*** out of the low end of the smartphone market with its free OS, so where exactly is WP7 going to get spectacular growth from. Android has already taken Microsoft's "mobile OS for every mobile device strategy" and turned it into a winner.

    They're darn sure not going to get rich from WP7 either. Already it looks like they're taking losses from those highly discounted WP7 smartphones. Microsoft continues to say that they're not too late with WP7, but even six months behind in mobile development can put you out of the running, nowadays. It doesn't appear that MS is going to get any major revenue stream from mobile for a long, long time. Apple sits at the high end of mobile sales and Android has the low to middle ground covered. Not much space left for WP7.

  1. climacs

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +1

    Microsoft doesn't get it

    Calling a product "Windows" is NOT going to make anyone buy it, if anything it's a warning to stay away. There is little to no goodwill attached to the Windows brand name, and significant ill will. Every time I see "Windows" I think of BSOD, bloatware, poor UI design.

  1. hardcat1970

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    Joined: May 2000

    -1

    Windows Mobile

    I actually like the name - Windows Mobile. It just didn't sound right for Windows Phone

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Joined: Feb 2005

    +1

    vs. Windowsmobile ...

    ... which is a car that frequently needs to be restarted whether it's been idling in a parking lot for an hour or doing 65 MPH down a highway. Also, one that's involved of lots of crashes.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    Please, please,

    buy our phone now instead of the iPhone. We promise to make it work sometime soon!

  1. facebook_LaMar

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    Joined: Dec 2010

    -1

    comment title

    Xbox was about 5 years late for the market. There was no hope for it. Oh wait a minute...
    Idiots!

  1. duk3togo

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    Joined: Dec 2010

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    Savages!!

    After reading the comments it is clear not one has a WP7 phone. Instead of being a fanboy open up your eyes think for yourselves and grab one. Hands down the best UI around and after purchasing one I look over at an iOS or Droid and look at how primitive it looks. That makes their users "Savages".

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