What’s Still Missing from Windows Phone 7
As Chuong reported earlier today, a handful of tech reviewers have gotten to spend a couple of weeks with a Windows Phone 7 prototype devices made by Samsung called the Taylor. Overall the sentiment towards Windows Phone 7 is positive: reviewers agree that the operating system is generally well thought out, that it performs very well (with nearly no lag when jumping around the operating system), and that it has the potential to be a true contender in the mobile platform space.
After digging through several of these reviews, it’s clear that there are a handful of features still missing from Windows Phone 7, some of which will be addressed by the time the platform launches this fall, but many of which will not. Here’s a list:
– No Twitter integration
– No copy and paste
– No third-party multitasking
– No Flash, Silverlight, or HTML5 support in the browser
– No dedicated YouTube application
– No robust document editing capabilities in Office
– No way to stop Facebook contacts from mixing with global contacts
– No global email inbox
– No threaded email
– No organization of the full program list (it’s alphabetical)
– No way of knowing if a long press is available
– No universal search
Some of these aren’t too big of a deal and are very specific to use case scenarios that not everyone will experience (like adding multiple email accounts to a phone, etc). But some of the big ones like the lack of multitasking and Twitter integration could provide a reason for potential buyers to go with another smartphone platform.
For more on the latest build of Windows Phone 7, check out our Build 6414 video.