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Topic # 66380 18-Aug-2010 06:48
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I was just doing some reading on Windows Phone 7. Found a list of Missing features that wont be shipped in the Oct launch. Is this for real?  [P.S. Please Don't flame me - I am not looking for an argument - just want to know the facts - I personally CAN live without these features (many are absent from iPhone too - but there are a lot of Windows Mobile 6 users who will be alienated. ]

Some features that exist in older Windows Mobile phones will be missing from Windows Phone 7 at release time, including:

  • No Compass - The compass feature will not be working at release time, as the compassAPI is not complete, and software programmers will not be able to access it.

  • Will not run Windows Mobile 6 applications that you already invested in

  • No Skype - The networking API does not give access to sockets, preventing Voice over IP applications such as Skype from operating on Windows Phone 7.

  • Cant use my VPN - IPsec virtual private network (VPN) security was supported in Windows Mobile, but will not be supported in Windows Phone 7.

  • No Data access via SD Card - Microsoft has decided that data access via Removable SD Card and PC Tethering, both of which were supported in Windows Mobile, will not be supported in Windows Phone 7 in the interest of data security which appeals to enterprise users.

  • No Universal Inbox - There is no universal in-box to view multiple email accounts.

  • No Mutitasking by third party apps - Although Windows Mobile 6.5 had full multitasking, Microsoft has decided not to allow 3rd party multitasking in Windows Phone 7

  • No Background running by third party apps (e.g. F-Secure) - Windows Phone 7 will only allow one application to run in the foreground at one time, and no 3rd party apps will be allowed to run in the background. [The lack of multitasking also prevents inter-application communication between third-party apps].

  • Windows Phone 7 will not support Microsoft's Windows Rights Management Services, which controls who can read and edit Office documents.

  • The browser (based on the desktop version of IE 7) in Windows Phone 7 will not support Flash, Silverlight and HTML5 at launch. Though Flash has been confirmed to be coming to the platform, no such confirmation has been made for Silverlight or HTML5.

  • There is no Native Development Kit (NDK), used by software developers to create native apps. Mozilla cited this as the reason it will not bring Firefox for mobile to Windows Phone 7.

  • Windows Phone 7 does not have an application switcher (to switch between Microsoft applications).

  • Windows Phone 7 will not have the ability to cut, copy, and paste. It will recognise telephone numbers and addresses, but Microsoft says the majority of users don't need 'cut, copy, and paste'.

  • Will not have Smart dialing.

Tim M, Auckland

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  Reply # 369023 18-Aug-2010 07:15
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the features been left out seems awful similar to the features missing from early iPhones; 

I think that MS not completing features for release of their phone is rather a silly thing to do, as they are playing catchup, and the phone has nothing that stands it out from the crowd apart from the games integration but gaming is maturing on both the iPhone and android so even here Microsoft are behind the game.   


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  Reply # 369043 18-Aug-2010 08:14
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I am not too worried about some of these items really...

Compass? Having a working GPS counts a lot more...

Multitasking? Have you read how Windows Phone 7 works? When you leave an application (unless you close it) the OS freezes it. It means you can quickly go back to the exact point you were before. Better still it puts the app in a stack, so when you use the back button you end up going back to the previous app, exactly how you left it.

I got an Android device here. Installed a Facebook app update. Over the night the phone went from 100% battery to 5% and off. Next day there was a new Facebook app update to fix a problem with battery life introduced by the previous Facebook app update. Why? Because Facebook was running in the background, like crazy.

As for not running Windows Mobile 6.x apps, I agree it's a pain - but this is a new platform, not the same.

No smart dialing is bad, but Android doesn't have it either. Heck, I will be happy to have a decent Exchange experience, not what Android gave people - I posted a lot of faults I found in the Motorola Milestone review, and still finding more every day...


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  Reply # 369047 18-Aug-2010 08:22
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freitasm: I will be happy to have a decent Exchange experience ... 


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  Reply # 369086 18-Aug-2010 09:00
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Windows phone 7 latest builds has smart dialling and have seen this in action in one of the videos so cross that out of wiki.

Copy and paste will come in the next update of the OS.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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