Steve Ballmer is live right now talking about some of the new things coming to Windows Phone 7. With Nokia recently annoucing Windows Phone 7 as their primary smartphone operating system, all eyes are on Microsoft right now to see what enhancements they will bring to the Windows Phone platform. Many Symbian users who aren’t thrilled about Nokia’s decision are weary of some of the lacking features of current WP7 devices such as copy/paste, multitasking, bluetooth file transfer, and more. There are some big updates coming to Windows Phone 7 that should help to ease these concerns.
Below is a clip of a press release Microsoft just published outlining some of the new features.
Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a â€œdramatically enhancedâ€ browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub. The expanded capabilities announced today include:
â€¢ Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month â€¢ Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011 â€¢ Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011 â€¢ Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011 â€¢ A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011 â€¢ Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012
Click here to see the full press release.
While that doesn’t cover everything that Symbian users are looking for, it’s definitely a start. I’m mostly excited about the addition of multitasking. It works the same way as Symbian with a task switcher menu that you can scroll through. From the demo Microsoft just showed in their live press conference at Mobile World Congress it looks very fast and efficient. The task-switching experience is nearly identical to the task switcing found in modern Symbian devices such as the N8.
Stay tuned for some screenshots of all of these features as Microsoft releases them to the public. All of these updates will be coming to current and upcoming Windows Phone devices later this year.