Perhaps we’ll all look back on MIX’10 not as a conference of success for Microsoft’s reinvention of their mobile platform, but for the week they let all the bad news out at once.
After we dismissed the platform editorially, Microsoft confirmed that not only are multitasking, open native code, and memory card support gutted from the platform (versus Windows Mobile), but the clipboard also won’t make the cut (no pun).
Microsoft says that like multitasking, they are trimming the features to focus on ones that matter the most, and that they intend to deliver clipboard functions through software updates. Updates, that Microsoft argues they can finally deliver in a steady pace by taking control of the platform end-to-end, and limiting the hardware that it can run on. At MIX’10, representatives for Microsoft confirmed the feature’s removal, noting the dramatic changes to the user interface. Windows Phone 7 Series runs “Metro”, a complete rebuild of the Windows Phone user experience.
The company has not, however, provided any timetable as to when these promised features will be added. Indeed, this is a constant complaint from users, who have noted that Microsoft promised similar additions in the past with Windows Update inside of Windows Mobile. The service went unused, and Microsoft has even shut down the update server that Windows Update for Windows Mobile used.