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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jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

I can't remember if Thom was a loud proponent at the time. Keep the scope within software released and think back.

Apple release the Iphone OS without copy/paste, multitasking and such. It was a big proud flag for detractors to wave about "Iphone sucks cause it doesn't do these basic things that other phones do!"

Win7 Phone OS launches without multitasking, cut/paste and such and everybody skips over it.

It's perfectly OK for Win7 Phone to lack these features in early releases but when Apple does it and the sky is falling.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Win7 Phone OS launches without multitasking, cut/paste and such and everybody skips over it.


The lack of copy/paste was indeed a major issue, and "everybody skips over it" is simply not true. Just go back and read how everyone felt about it.

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).

Than again, both iOS as well as WP7 whenever Mango comes out do not have multitasking as we know it. All they have is My First Multitasking(tm).

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

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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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I remember a whole lot more noise about Iphone's missing functions. There was a little noise about Win7 Phone but nothing like the scathing vitriol Iphone detractors fell over themselves expressing.

It's very possible I was just reading other news when the Win7 Phone hype bus went past though too. I won't claim to have been in the know and following it all closely.

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