“The new Windows Phone 7 platform will avoid multitasking third-party apps, nix support for user-replaceable memory cards, and demand that all apps be installed from Windows Phone Marketplace, a Microsoft executive said Monday,” Sascha Segan reports for PC Magazine.
“Charlie Kindel, who is in charge of Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer strategy, described a much more controlled, iPhone-like experience for formerly freewheeling Microsoft in an interview at the MIX10 conference here,” Segan reports. “Microsoft needed to exercise some control to provide a great set of consumer experiences, Kindel said.”
Segan reports, “Like the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 won’t support third-party apps being able to run in the background. But third parties will get access to a wider range of services than are available on the iPhone. For instance, Pandora could stream in the background using a special background-music service, Kindel said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Gee, wonder what iPhone OS 4.0 might bring to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users come June? And, Sascha, third-party apps can already stream in the background on iPhone. It’s up to Pandora to implement the capability, not Apple.
Segan continues, “Those third-party apps will all have to be installed from Microsoft’s own Marketplace, Kindel said. Initially, there won’t even be a way for enterprise customers to deploy apps to their staffs, but Microsoft is working on one.”
MacDailyNews Take: Apple forced Microsoft back to square one; Redmond is years behind.
Segan continues, “The first Windows Phone 7 devices will come out during ‘the holidays’ of 2010, Kindel confirmed.”
MacDailyNews Take: And nobody in their right mind will buy one. There is no need (see: Palm) for yet another poor me-too iPhone imitation (unless Apple’s protection of their hard-earned IP retards Google’s Android to the point where some other fake iPhone OS is needed by device assemblers).
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Windows Phone 7 Series. Upside-down, backwards, and lacking in order to avoid infringing on Apple’s patented user-friendly UI methods, with far fewer accessories, way less third-party support, about 150,000 fewer apps, no iTunes, no iTunes Store, no built-in iPod (you get stuck with a Zune instead), and no cachet. All for about the same price or more. No sale.