Windows Phone 7 Slammed as a Disastrous Waste of Time And Money
That's a startlingly strong attack from a major IT publication on an OS that hasn't shipped yet, but the information provided is fairly damning. We already know Windows Phone 7 won't support multitasking (only MS's first-party apps are allowed to multitasking.) There's no copy-paste functionality, the UI isn't well integrated, and apps can't cross-communicate. The OS's features and browser, meanwhile, are equally weak. The current WP7 browser is "Internet Explorer 7, with some IE8 capabilities added." That means no HTML5 and no hardware acceleration ala IE9.
We aren't sure even Zune guy can save this OS.
The more information that leaks out, the more Windows Phone 7 sounds like a kludged-together mess. With NVIDIA pushing Tegra and phones generally evolving towards more advanced UIs, you'd think Microsoft would prioritize the sort of hardware acceleration that could give its phones a distinct edge compared to the competition. Instead, it sounds like the Kin debacle was much more indicative of what we should expect from WP7 than Microsoft wants to admit.