Strange: Windows Phone 7 Series Multitasking in Emulator

On of our readers, Kevin B, created a simple video player for us to try running in the Windows Phone 7 Emulator in Visual Studio. He found that he was able to keep the video playing in the background while he poked around in other areas of the phone. We were able to recreate this, as shown in the video below. What’s going on here? Isn’t Windows Phone 7 Series not supposed to support multitasking for third-party apps? Yeah, we thought so. Our best guess is that the app is tapping into the native video player on the device, which does support multitasking (imagine starting a video in Zune, and coming back to the Start screen to check your email while the video continues to run).

Anyone want to try to explain this?

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.