Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Feb 2011 20:54 UTC
Windows So, Mobile World Congress is going on over in the beautiful city of Barcelona, and there, Steve Ballmer held a little speech about Windows Phone 7's past, present, and future. Especially the future interests us, as a lot's been planned for this year: copy/paste, hardware-accelerated mobile Internet Explorer 9, and, yes, multitasking!
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Fast task switcher 2.0
by kragil on Mon 14th Feb 2011 21:44 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

This isn't multitasking. These are frozen recently used apps, with some services allowed to run in the background. It may be a good idea on the phone, but it is not what a computer scientist would call multitasking (check the wiki page)

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RE: Fast task switcher 2.0
by sukru on Mon 14th Feb 2011 23:32 in reply to "Fast task switcher 2.0"
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

You're technically correct.

But I can understand why MS is doing this. After installing/updating some apps, I often see my battery usage go up 20% in average. Then I need to diagnose which particular apps are not started to work in the background, and configure/disable those features.

I remember having one particular news app (will not name) hiking my usage from 8mA/idle to 60mA/idle effectively killing my battery in a day.

(Edit: This is for my Android phones).

Edited 2011-02-14 23:33 UTC

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RE: Fast task switcher 2.0
by Blackadder on Tue 15th Feb 2011 00:38 in reply to "Fast task switcher 2.0"
Blackadder Member since:
2010-02-03

Since you brought up computer science, I personally don't know if any smartphones which do not have multi-tasking in the scientific sense of it. They are all essentially running tens to hundreds of tasks in parallel through scheduling and time sharing on one set of resources (processor, memory, etc.)

The distinction here is user and application oriented "multi-tasking" or better said "Multi-Application". That has understandable limitations on today's phones so different vendors try to limit the negative impacts through limiting the way multiple apps run in parallel.

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RE: Fast task switcher 2.0
by Brunis on Tue 15th Feb 2011 17:50 in reply to "Fast task switcher 2.0"
Brunis Member since:
2005-11-01

This isn't multitasking. These are frozen recently used apps, with some services allowed to run in the background. It may be a good idea on the phone, but it is not what a computer scientist would call multitasking (check the wiki page)


So they are just using Windows 7 code!?! Re-use old crap code! Clever Basterds!

no, seriously, i actually read that as "Windows 7 would receive multitasking" ..as in decent multitasking!

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RE: Fast task switcher 2.0
by elektrik on Thu 17th Feb 2011 23:16 in reply to "Fast task switcher 2.0"
elektrik Member since:
2006-04-18

<sarcasm>Re: The Video-Windows phone 7's multitasking acts just like the Cooperative multitasking of Windows 3.1 (Circa 1992)! We've gone backwards 19 years-SWEET!</sarcasm>

Edit: Added sarcasm tags.

Edited 2011-02-17 23:17 UTC

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