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Windows Phone 7 Getting Mutli-Tasking, IE9, Twitter in 2011

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Feb 14, 2011, 10:16 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Feb 14, 2011, 10:27 AM

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.


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Crunchy Frog

Feb 14, 2011, 10:55 AM

Should we wait?

All of these updates sound great but begs the question if we should just wait until the end of the year to buy a Windows Phone.

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.
No, they were very clear that all of these features are coming to ALL Windows Phones.

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...
See no reason for ya too wait if your considering you should go for it. Love my new Windowsphone7. Got the LG Quantum highly reccomended! & like the others said they should be updating curent devices. Dont see why they wouldnt there not even very old ...
Microsoft has actually done a good job of making sure that the hardware across Windows Phone7 devices is consistent, what this means is that once a new update is ready, it will be ready for ALL Windows Phones....there won't need to be additional testi...

Feb 15, 2011, 1:32 AM

Show stealer?

Microsoft has stolen the show w/ their announcements. Beautiful 3rd party multitasking, IE9 for mobile, XBox Live enhancements, etc.
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