Twitter and more multi-tasking coming to Windows Phone in 2011

Twitter and more multi-tasking coming to Windows Phone in 2011

Summary: Further Windows Phone enhancements will be coming in 2011, including the first update during the first two weeks of March.

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer spoke this morning at Mobile World Congress in Spain and announced several upcoming improvements for the Windows Phone platform. He also confirmed that the first free update will be coming in the first two weeks of March that includes copy & paste and faster application performance.

Other news regarding updates and new features includes:

  • Availability on CDMA Networks - With added support for CDMA networks, Windows Phone will be available to even more customers on mobile operators such as Verizon and Sprint in the first half of 2011.
  • Twitter in the People Hub - The popular social networking service Twitter will be integrated into the People Hub in the second half of 2011.
  • Office Document Storage in the Cloud - Document sharing and storage in the cloud via Windows Live SkyDrive will be added to Windows Phone in the second half of 2011.
  • Next Generation Browsing with Internet Explorer Mobile - A dramatically enhanced Internet Explorer Mobile web browser will be added to Windows Phone in the second half of 2011. It will feature the same standards support (HTML5, etc.) and hardware accelerated graphics as the PC version.
  • Additional Multi-tasking Capabilities - We will add the ability to switch quickly between applications, run applications in the background (such as listening to music), along with a number of other capabilities in the second half of 2011. Developers will learn much more about this during April’s MIX conference.

The Twitter integration is not that important to me as there are some great 3rd party Twitter apps, but it is still good to see them acknowledge Twitter as an important social network to include. I like the Office document storage feature and hope that the additional multi-tasking works with the BringCast podcast app. Even better would be to see the Zune software improved with better podcast support.

I am also hoping that this first update includes some manufacturer specific fixes, such as improved camera software on both the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro.

Topics: Browser, Collaboration, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos, Windows, Social Enterprise

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  • Another month for an update, everything else "2nd half of 2011"

    Jesus, Microsoft-ship some frickin' software! The deal with Nokia can be a winner, but nothing's going to matter until Microsoft can execute. NoDo was supposed to arrive in January, but now it's now the first two weeks of March. Other big updates could be as late as a [b]year[/b] after initial release, and let's not kid ourselves, judging from things up to now, "second half of 2011" means October or later.
    matthew_maurice
    • RE: Twitter and more multi-tasking coming to Windows Phone in 2011

      I would rather have the software work and be late by two months than an endless pile of crashing junk. The last time Microsoft went with the "Just ship something" rule everyone ended up with Vista. As far as the major updates once a year? Oh no the horror! I can't think of any other smartphone OS that has roughly the same schedule (Google, Apple).
      Yensi717
      • Wait, wait

        So you're saying Microsoft should be held to the same standards as everyone else?!

        That's just so wrong, it's not even right.

        :P
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Not even close to the same schedule

        @Yensi717 Paul Thurott wrote a rather damning piece about how slow MS has been in updating WP7 since release in comparison to Apple, http://windowsphonesecrets.com/2011/01/18/software-updates-windows-phone-vs-iphone/. If you can't ship good software you shouldn't be in the software business. If you can only ship software after very long delays, you're not going to be in the software business very long.

        It's still early for WP7, and in some ways slow uptake may be a good thing for Microsoft in that they can get a lot of the kinks worked out in a way that's only really effecting early-adopters who are likely fan-boys anyway. So no real harm done. If Nokia is going to come in with some slick hardware in a year, it should give Microsoft some times to get it's act together. The problem is that companies like HTC, LG and the other WP7 OEMs may not be thrilled about being Nokia's practice dummies.
        matthew_maurice