Microsoft's Joe Belfiore talks about Windows Phone 7's missing features

Joshua at Engadget had the opportunity to chat with Microsoft’s VP Joe Belfiore about the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 and in particular about some of the features currently missing from the new OS (mainly Multi-tasking). There isn’t anything new to learn but it always good to see one of the company’s top head explain why things have been done in a certain way. We’ve known for a while that WP7 won’t have Copy/paste at launch, same for Third-Party apps multi-tasking support but Joe is right in saying that the iPhone has been successful without all of those features and WP7, as a first release, packs services and other features that aren’t available on competing platforms (Zune , XBOX Live, SharePoint, Office etc..).

The Problem for Microsoft is more of a PR and Marketing issue than a fundamental technical flaw or issue. Like I said earlier about today’s previews: the Windows Phone 7 preview handsets should only be compared to iPhones and android handsets that have no third-party apps installed (vanilla OS vs vanilla OS).  You’ll then realize that Microsoft’s platform has a lot to offer despite some of its shortcomings. As I’ve always said: Applications are the key to the platform’s success that’s why MS is working hard on evangelizing the OS all over the world. Personally the only feature that I will really miss (and that’s kind of a deal breaker) is the lack of tethering support (yes you heard that right..). We will see how things turn out on October 7th…Watch the 12 minutes long interview after the break:

Source: Engadget

  • arash

    Well tethering is not a deal breaker for me,because i didn’t find tethering usable on other than nokia handsets, other phones get hot using tethering and you can’t use them for 24/7(:D) so i have a prepaid sim card into my brother’s old n73 for tethering and its fantastic. i use winmo for daily use but when it comes to tethering iphone winmo and every other handset falls short. its something that i haven’t seen any one could get near nokia in it. i mean there’s no deal breaker for me in wp7, but theres a huge potential of improvements in the os and thats a good sign. android is the evolution of windows mobile, and windows mobile isn’t going to be the future. neither android.android is a good winmo. put yourself in the oem’s seat: you can get a decent os for 15 dollar per phone or you can get something free that you should build something on it and work hard to make it usable, and then there’s chrome os competing with android. i see the future of mobile phones like this: apple as the apple(i don’t see any other description for apple), maemo,bada,android and other linux based as the free configurable OS’s in the hands of oem’s for making themselves special and wp7 as the windows of mobile world but defiantly not something with windows market share

  • arash

    Well tethering is not a deal breaker for me,because i didn’t find tethering usable on other than nokia handsets, other phones get hot using tethering and you can’t use them for 24/7(:D) so i have a prepaid sim card into my brother’s old n73 for tethering and its fantastic. i use winmo for daily use but when it comes to tethering iphone winmo and every other handset falls short. its something that i haven’t seen any one could get near nokia in it. i mean there’s no deal breaker for me in wp7, but theres a huge potential of improvements in the os and thats a good sign. android is the evolution of windows mobile, and windows mobile isn’t going to be the future. neither android.android is a good winmo. put yourself in the oem’s seat: you can get a decent os for 15 dollar per phone or you can get something free that you should build something on it and work hard to make it usable, and then there’s chrome os competing with android. i see the future of mobile phones like this: apple as the apple(i don’t see any other description for apple), maemo,bada,android and other linux based as the free configurable OS’s in the hands of oem’s for making themselves special and wp7 as the windows of mobile world but defiantly not something with windows market share

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Tethering works really well on HTC’s latest devices (since the Diamond) and even on the iPhone. The thing is that you have to manually edit the PC’s user agent (or simply use the useragent switchplugin for firefox to “fool” the carrier/mobile operator proxy (as a matter of fact the post above was submit that way, the PC I was one didn’t have an internet connection so I hooked up my HD2 to post the news). I agree with everything else you said thought (but think that Android is really here to stay now even will allthe fragmentation, Google really wants to flood the market in 2011).

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Tethering works really well on HTC’s latest devices (since the Diamond) and even on the iPhone. The thing is that you have to manually edit the PC’s user agent (or simply use the useragent switchplugin for firefox to “fool” the carrier/mobile operator proxy (as a matter of fact the post above was submit that way, the PC I was one didn’t have an internet connection so I hooked up my HD2 to post the news). I agree with everything else you said thought (but think that Android is really here to stay now even will allthe fragmentation, Google really wants to flood the market in 2011).

  • arash

    Look, windows mobile is microsoft’s product, if a clean version of windows mobile with ce7 as core was going to work(and be something like froyo) they would continue that in 2008 and wouldn’t reset the project. a mobile phone screen is just too small to be open like winmo and android. and then there’s java development tools, i don’t know about you but i can’t get along with java. android with a better sdk would be good for tablets but then there’s microsoft pushing windows for tablets, and its just a matter of time before windows 7 tablets take of with dual core atoms. google thought they can surf on the wild ocean of open source developers and they have done good till now but i just have seen so many other hyped linux projects trying to compete with windows(i use suse for 6,7 years now). imagine slax in 2004,ubuntu in 2006-2007, they were all getting developers support and were are they now? and everyone thinks android and open source means everything free. its true that android had 1 billion downloads but how much money androids 1 billion downloads make and how much iphones 1 billion downloads? and there’s google ruining android with chrome os, when they go desperately after bing in their search engine tweaks, they want to compete with windows with 2 different half baked products. i don’t know whats wrong with windows but competing with it is really hard, i mean osx86 project was soo hot and nobody was blocking their way but how many hackintoshs are out there? osx share is 3.6 percent after 10 years(if we don’t count Next), they port best fruits of open source community to osx for free and use it as advertising machine thanks to the unix core(Khtml-webkit is an example) and after all of these years 3.6 percent?and don’t forget winmo was very good with businesses and power users and android will only have power users at best. i know android is here but till when? my guess is 5 years:D it even looks outdated now with ios4 and wp7, and then there’s maemo! ah nevermind

  • arash

    Look, windows mobile is microsoft’s product, if a clean version of windows mobile with ce7 as core was going to work(and be something like froyo) they would continue that in 2008 and wouldn’t reset the project. a mobile phone screen is just too small to be open like winmo and android. and then there’s java development tools, i don’t know about you but i can’t get along with java. android with a better sdk would be good for tablets but then there’s microsoft pushing windows for tablets, and its just a matter of time before windows 7 tablets take of with dual core atoms. google thought they can surf on the wild ocean of open source developers and they have done good till now but i just have seen so many other hyped linux projects trying to compete with windows(i use suse for 6,7 years now). imagine slax in 2004,ubuntu in 2006-2007, they were all getting developers support and were are they now? and everyone thinks android and open source means everything free. its true that android had 1 billion downloads but how much money androids 1 billion downloads make and how much iphones 1 billion downloads? and there’s google ruining android with chrome os, when they go desperately after bing in their search engine tweaks, they want to compete with windows with 2 different half baked products. i don’t know whats wrong with windows but competing with it is really hard, i mean osx86 project was soo hot and nobody was blocking their way but how many hackintoshs are out there? osx share is 3.6 percent after 10 years(if we don’t count Next), they port best fruits of open source community to osx for free and use it as advertising machine thanks to the unix core(Khtml-webkit is an example) and after all of these years 3.6 percent?and don’t forget winmo was very good with businesses and power users and android will only have power users at best. i know android is here but till when? my guess is 5 years:D it even looks outdated now with ios4 and wp7, and then there’s maemo! ah nevermind