Posts Tagged ‘Windows Phone 7


Tablet War Hots Up With Microsoft iPad Rival

Tablet War Hots Up With Microsoft iPad Rival

Friday, July 23, 2010

••• Microsoft is taking on the iPad in the battle of the tablets as it announced plans to launch it own version later this year.

It is working in partnership with Hewlett-Packard whose executive vice president Todd Bradley said: ‘Slates are going to be an enormous category.

‘Our focus is working with still our largest software partner, Microsoft, to create a tablet, a slate, for the enterprise business.’

‘This is just in its infancy.’

Apple has sold more than three million iPads since it went on sale in April and Microsoft has been seeking to develop products that will tap into the lucrative market.

When the Microsoft tablet arrives on the shelves it may benefit from one key advantage over its Apple rival.

The HP tablet computer will be able to run Flash, the popular video software from Adobe which Apple has barred from the iPad.
The news comes as Microsoft revealed a record $4.52 billion profit with a fourth quarter revenue of more than $16 billion dollars.

The American tech company credited the strong sales figures to the successful launch of its latest-generation Office 2010 software and to continued strong demand for its new Windows 7 operating system.

The popularity of its Xbox 360 videogame consoles and Bing’s improving share of the Internet search market also contributed to the successful final quarter of its fiscal year.

Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said: ‘We look forward to continuing our product momentum this fall with the upcoming launches of Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect.’
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No copy and paste, multitasking for Windows Phone 7 Series

No copy and paste, multitasking for Windows Phone 7 Series

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

••• The latest generation of Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system will not have a copy-and-paste function. Nor will it be able to multitask.

The controversial details about the “intentional” exclusion of copy and paste started to unravel during a question-and-answer session at Microsoft’s MIX10 developer conference – a Microsoft-run three-day web developer conference for professionals held from March 15 to 17 in Las Vegas.

That’s right, Microsoft intentionally omitted clipboard operations like copy and paste on their Windows Phone 7 Series.

A Microsoft PR rep explained to technology blog Engadget that “most users, including Office users, don’t really need clipboard functionality.”

After Apple users spent years complaining about the lack of a copy-and-paste function on their smartphone, it is strange that Microsoft would leave out such a staple function, especially considering that copy and paste features have been a longstanding feature on past versions of Windows Mobile.

“It’s actually an intentional design decision,” Windows Phone executive Todd Brix told CNet. “We try to anticipate what the user wants so copy and paste isn’t necessary.”

Instead of providing copy and paste features the company decided to implement what they call “smart linking.” Smart linking enables users to double tap on a phone number to call or add it to their address book or to open a map when double clicking on an address. But this may not be enough for users wanting to re-arrange text in the mobile version of Office.

Both RIM and Apple include intelligent linking and copy-and-paste features on their handsets.

On March 15 Microsoft shocked the tech world when it announced Windows Phone Series 7 would not be able to multitask, despite the inclusion of multitasking on previous versions of their mobile OS.

Windows Phone Series 7, like the iPhone, will be able to run native applications (such as the Zune music player) and make phone calls with other applications open at the same time, but multitasking with third-party application will not be possible for the time being.

More information about Windows Phone 7 Series – which are due to hit the stores in Q4 2010 – and Microsoft’s MIX 10 can be found here:



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