Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:06 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Yes, the Windows 8 rumour mill is really spinning up now. This time around though, they're not really rumours, since the information is coming from Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, long-time Microsoft enthusiasts with loads of insider access. They've got a bunch of screenshots showing a work in progress of... A ribbon in Explorer. And yes, it looks just as bad as it sounds.
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As for multitasking, the fact of the matter is that whioe multitasking certainly would be very nice, it is a little less of an issue due to how WP7 works - instead of applications, most of the most-often used functionality is integrated, for instance photo viewing/uploading/camera app/etc. all in one application. Same for things like contacts and Office documents. It simply makes the lack of multitasking a little less of an issue (but only a little less).

For a regular Joe or Jane Doe I don't think lacking multitasking is really even a minor nuisance at all, they just simply don't do anything that would benefit for multitasking. Nor would they think of having several apps open at the same time anyway.

For me, a smartphone without multitasking would really be a serious hindrance. Hell, I wouldn't even really call it a smartphone in the first place without such. For example I like having my IM accounts signed-in at all times, 24/7, but Microsoft will definitely not include support for Skype, Jabber and Yahoo, so the only choice would be to run specific clients for those accounts. But without multitasking you can only run one client at a time and if you want to do anything else, like for example browse the web, you have to close the client first. Ugh.

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