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No multitasking in Windows Phone 7?

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Microsoft would have voluntarily chosen to eliminate multitasking from Windows Phone 7 by creating a system as a whole more similar to that of Apple and its iPhone OS. An anonymous source reported to MobileTechWorld which, confirming rumors already circulating, also reports that the new system would provide a Zune-style interface in addition to extending the underlying framework with various innovations. Multitasking would have been eliminated by implementing a mechanism that pauses applications and activates iPhone-style push notifications to manage updates.

The new system would be less open than Windows Mobile 6 and hardware manufacturers such as HTC would not have the possibility to customize the opening screen of smartphones and customize the interface with the TouchFLO (a set of programs and technologies used to change the appearance and the behavior of Windows Mobile). The applications will be mandatory to download from a content distribution service such as the Windows Marketplace (a sort of App Store): therefore, a step backwards compared to the previous distribution system via browser; even the file system – always according to the items reported – should be made simpler, by implementing a simplified storage system as on the iPhone.

Windows Phone 7 will use the Zune HD interface for playing multimedia files and integrating functions compatible with Xbox Live (a service that allows you to play multiplayer via the Internet) allowing you to take advantage of social networks and making programming tools available to developers XNA (a Microsoft framework for the development of video games) and the use of interchangeable code with the Xbox 360 platform (obviously adapting resolutions and input modes).

Microsoft's new strategy for the mobile sector involves steps forward on some fronts and steps back on others. The company would be strongly determined to beat the iPhone 3GS in terms of speed and standard functionality. It has not yet been decided whether to implement support for Flash and Silverlight (their use should, however, be limited and allow applications to run only outside the browser) but both could be supported and be part of Windows Mobile within the first semester of this year.

The first devices with the new operating system are expected to arrive by September, allowing for a fast development cycle. Microsoft will provide drivers for products and third parties will have a system that will allow you to centralize and speed up any updates. Windows Mobile has often been criticized for the slow release of updates (hardware manufacturer updates have often been made available with huge delay compared to Microsoft's actual release dates).

Although it is only rumors, all of the above, seems to corroborate what has been heard so far about the future version of Windows Mobile. The strategies in question are the most likely and most obvious to rival iPhones and smartphones with Android. (By Mauro Notarianni)