Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Mar 2010 16:07 UTC
Windows Since MIX10 is still under way, we're going to have quite a few Microsoft items this week, with Windows Phone 7 Series and Internet Explorer 9 being the main points of focus. We've been speculating a while now about if and how Microsoft would support multitasking on their upcoming mobile operating system reboot, and now we finally have answers: no, it won't do multitasking - at least, not right away.
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RE: multitasking...
by bralkein on Wed 17th Mar 2010 00:35 UTC in reply to "multitasking..."
bralkein
Member since:
2006-12-20

Seriously, the multitasking on the N900 is a godsend, I can't imagine doing without it.

Is there anyone out there with some experience in mobile development who could explain in detail why multitasking seems to be so problematic? The excuses of battery life and responsiveness seem pretty weak to me. For example, I have seen graphics-heavy games on the iPhone and WinPhone (and Maemo too!) which drain the battery in no time. I have spoken to a few non-techies about this, and they seem to understand perfectly well that working the device harder will affect performance and battery life, but they don't care as long as there is an opportunity to recharge in time. This is also common knowledge with Bluetooth as well (AFAICT), but still people will use it if they want to.

This isn't 1995 and I think many people understand the limits of computing devices fairly well now. Only the most clueless user would open 5000 apps on a PC and then fail to understand why it's slowed to a crawl. Surely the same applies to phones too?

Edited 2010-03-17 00:36 UTC

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RE[2]: multitasking...
by Milan Kerslager on Wed 17th Mar 2010 05:28 in reply to "RE: multitasking..."
Milan Kerslager Member since:
2009-11-20

Pay us to create multitasking App. Then you will sell it through the only channel (which belonged to us). As you will pay to us, you will be unable to provide applications for free. So you have to use our the only allowed MSStore out there... This is the bussines, do you see?

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RE[2]: multitasking...
by Karitku on Wed 17th Mar 2010 14:38 in reply to "RE: multitasking..."
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

What hell you need multitask anyway on phone. Sure I can understand listening music and playing but WP7 supports that. If you code apps right and support resume then having multitask seems little needed. I been using WinMo phones for last 5 years and it's hard to remember when I really needed multitasking other than listening music while doing stuff. It just needs some rethinking how applications should work. Instead of doing stuff inside phone you can do it in cloud. Hell even Open Source is possible since tools are free so anyone can deploy those packs using those tools, hard yes, but possible.

Seriously WinMo6.5 is great tinkerer phone but boy it sucks in normal average person usage. I would take iPhone anyday for normal usage against WinMo if it wasn't stuck on single carrier. I just wish they would bring copy pasta to WP7.

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RE[3]: multitasking...
by werpu on Wed 17th Mar 2010 19:20 in reply to "RE[2]: multitasking..."
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

What hell you need multitask anyway on phone. Sure I can understand listening music and playing but WP7 supports that. If you code apps right and support resume then having multitask seems little needed. I been using WinMo phones for last 5 years and it's hard to remember when I really needed multitasking other than listening music while doing stuff. It just needs some rethinking how applications should work. Instead of doing stuff inside phone you can do it in cloud. Hell even Open Source is possible since tools are free so anyone can deploy those packs using those tools, hard yes, but possible.

Seriously WinMo6.5 is great tinkerer phone but boy it sucks in normal average person usage. I would take iPhone anyday for normal usage against WinMo if it wasn't stuck on single carrier. I just wish they would bring copy pasta to WP7.


I am on android and I basically need the multitasking every day.
Have an IM running in the background ...
Have music running while surfing.
Page loads a little bit longer, push it into the background while you do something else, then jump there.

Btw. Android 2.1 has solved that issue once and for all (Android 2.1 had issues with multitasking like battery drain and slowing down)
I cannot even remember if the phone ever slowed down since I upgraded to 2.1 on my HERO (hacked rom), I constantly open apps switch between then, have in mind Android does the task killing itself)
and I cannot see any slowdown and one battery load lasts me 48 hours on UMTS currently (used to be 24 before 2.1)

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