When Nokia announced that its was making Windows Phone its primary smartphone operating system, in addition to the dismay that people felt because of the new position both Symbian and MeeGo were slated to be relegated to, was the fact that Nokia could well be moving towards a platform that offers a much weaker proposition in terms of basic capabilities like copy/paste, multitasking and so on.
Thankfully, all of you can now rest easy as Microsoft has in its MWC keynote announced that a bunch of new functionality, including multitasking, that is coming to Windows Phone in 2011 itself.
(The new Windows Phone task switcher, activated by long pressing the back button)
Upcoming highlights include:
- Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
- Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
- Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
- Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
- A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011 (Apparently includes third party apps, although it is more about running background services than actual ‘multitasking’, will update)
- Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012
- Also worth mentioning is the upcoming Xbox Live Kinect Windows Phone companion.
The bottom line is that Microsoft is quickly looking to fill in all the gaps in the Microsoft Windows Phone experience and we will not have to hope for Nokia and its ability to differentiate to brings to us such basic functionality that we have comes to expect from Nokia devices, instead they can concentrate something a lot more meaningful.
The timeline for these updates is 2011, while Nokia is also aiming to release a Nokia Windows Phone this year. So from the looks of things, everything should work out in time. You can read the full press release here.
[Image Credit: Engadget]