Windows Phone 7 Getting Mutli-Tasking, IE9, Twitter in 2011
Updated: added link / added SkyDrive feature info
Microsoft today lifted the veil on new features coming later in 2011. Steve Ballmer, making a keynote address at MWC in Barcelona, also revealed that Windows Phone will receive several key new features later this year. First is a limited kind of multi-tasking much like Apple added to iOS, which will allow apps to play sound in the background and allow fast switching, where apps resume exactly where you left off. Also coming this year is an updated browser with the Internet Explorer 9 rendering engine, hardware graphics acceleration, and an improved interface. Finally, Twitter will be integrated into the OS's "People Hub", in the same way the People Hub currently supports Facebook. The Office Hub will also gain access to documents on SkyDrive in addition to SharePoint. All of these features will come by the end of 2011, although a more precise release schedule was not announced.
Twitter for Windows Phone Earns New Features
Twitter today updated its mobile app for Windows Phone devices and took the opportunity to add new functions. For example, Twitter now integrates with the People Hub for saving Twitter profile data.
Microsoft Releases Hub Keyboard App for iPhone
Microsoft's Garage team has made a productivity-minded keyboard available to Apple's iOS devices. The keyboard, says Microsoft, works in tandem with an Office 365 account for tapping into OneDrive, Office, and other Microsoft account information.
Facebook for Windows Phone Receives Major Facelift
Microsoft has made available a new version of Facebook for the Windows Phone platform. The latest update to the social networking app mixes in several new features that were previously only available in the beta, as well as overhauls both the user experience and performance.
Apple Overhauls Productivity Software for iOS and Mac
Apple has released new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both its iOS and Mac platforms. The iOS apps gain 3D Touch for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and split-screen multitasking on the iPad.
Should we wait?
If you get one now, you might regret it because of the possibility of hardware and OS improvements leaving us in the dust without support. Probably not but it's happened with every other mobile OS.
We're still in the first generation of hardware, and it's a high-end spec, so it's too early in the lifecycle of the OS for the hardware to be fragmented like tha...