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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jabbotts Member since:

Very true. My significant other never noticed a lack of multitasking with early Iphone generations.

Me on the other hand; media player open and paused, airodump sucking down a wireless capture and me swapping between address book and phone call with a friend calling for another's phone number. But then, I bought the phone because it was the next evolutionary step from it's hand-top computer predecessors. Metasploit and wireless audit apps in my pocket.. I'm all over that kind of fun.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

I don't think a regular Joe geek cares either.

Most people including most geeks just want to play a few games and then maybe listen to music while surfing the web. I bet if you went to a software developers convention the typical phone would be an iphone with a dozen games installed. It's a minority of a minority that wants smartphones to have unrestricted multitasking. For most geeks the laptop or netbook is never that far away.

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