Microsoft details updates coming to the WP7 platform

Microsoft is busy touting WP7 at CES 2011 and with that, has announced a few new updates to the platform. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer took the stage to say that more features are coming to the platform.  

Ballmer specicially states that "over the next few months we will be releasing a series of updates that will automatically be pushed out to our customers... the two most notable will be copy and paste and significant performance improvemeance when loading or switching between applicaitons". These updates will be coming out in Q1 as well as the completion of the process needed to bring WP7 to Verizon and Sprint.

While the exact dates were not released, it is a formal comitment by Ballmer to bring additional features to the platform. This is a good sign as it is a realatively quick turnaround for the end users who have asked for the new features. WP7 is Microsoft's latest push into the mobile marketplace, it has invested heavily in the platform and will continue to do so to claw back marketshare in an area it has fallen behind.

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I'll keep this comment focussed on the Windows Phone but I have to say i was massively disappointed by the Keynote. I'm not sure if it's my fault for having my expectations raised by blogs such as this and another popular blog hinting at all this information coming but i was totally mis-sold on what this keynote would deliver. I was expecting a roadmap of where the mOS was going, when the updates are coming and what they consist of. Instead i had to listen to Steve Ballmer's life story read out as an introduction to then be told a bunch of things that change my life in absolutely no way. SoC is a total game changer though but overall, disappointed....although i may be bitter that i've had to wait up until 2.30am GMT to watch it.

Alansonit said,
I'll keep this comment focussed on the Windows Phone but I have to say i was massively disappointed by the Keynote. I'm not sure if it's my fault for having my expectations raised by blogs such as this and another popular blog hinting at all this information coming but i was totally mis-sold on what this keynote would deliver. I was expecting a roadmap of where the mOS was going, when the updates are coming and what they consist of. Instead i had to listen to Steve Ballmer's life story read out as an introduction to then be told a bunch of things that change my life in absolutely no way. SoC is a total game changer though but overall, disappointed....although i may be bitter that i've had to wait up until 2.30am GMT to watch it.

Yep... its completely your fault

If you believe everything that is being rumoured on web blogs , you deserve to be disappointed.

jasonon said,
they need some sort of multitasking
For what exactly?

I haven't really noticed any real need for it. Same with my wife's iPhone 3GS, when it made it to that platform neither of us saw a need before or a difference later.

zeke009 said,
For what exactly?

I haven't really noticed any real need for it. Same with my wife's iPhone 3GS, when it made it to that platform neither of us saw a need before or a difference later.

You have to quit your game just to respond to a text, and then wait 30 seconds for it to reload your game.... and you say that WP7 doesn't need multitasking? What are you thinking?

andrewbares said,

You have to quit your game just to respond to a text, and then wait 30 seconds for it to reload your game.... and you say that WP7 doesn't need multitasking? What are you thinking?

That true, on my iPhone I play games for few minutes here and there. It's good exiting it and then opening it again and being in the exact place you left it. Althou still personally wasn't too big of a requirement for me I coped fine without it

Quick Shot said,
So switching between apps on WP7 is slow?

I think he meant launching of games, that's the slowest part atm, everything else is really fast. Personally, I'm very dissapointed that there was no information on IE9 RC, the HTML5 accelerated Bing, and worst of all, they said nothing about updating Bing for WP7 which means that the iPhone is still getting the better Bing App for quite some time.

Quick Shot said,
So switching between apps on WP7 is slow?

Sometimes it may take a few seconds to load an app that has been tombstoned. There will probably be significant improvements on that as well.