Windows Phone 7 users have been rejoicing over copy and paste for a while now, so Microsoft is starting to look at what’s next for the platform in the upcoming ‘Mango’ update. The MIX11 show proved to be the perfect stage for the Redmond based company to talk to developers about what will be coming in Mango, and although many people expected to see multitasking arriving after copy and paste, it’s always nice to hear it from the horse’s mouth.
Standing under the slogan “Delivering happiness”, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to the stage to announce that multitasking on Windows Phone 7 will allow for background processing and audio playback, file transfers and fast switching between open applications.
Belfiore also told developers that their applications would be able to take advantage of Live Tiles on the home screen of Windows Phone 7 devices. This is something that has been brought up many times by users debating about various potential upgrades to the operating system, and it’s great to see this finally arriving given that Live Tiles play such an integral part in the whole experience of Microsoft’s new devices.
However important the core experience of the OS, apps are where the money is for mobile technology companies right now, and Microsoft is doing its part to draft some big players on to their platform. Application concepts were shown off from Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon and Kik Messenger during the event, giving developers a glimpse of a few big things that are around the corner for the ever growing platform.
Judging from some of the comments from the developers of these applications, it seems that Windows Phone is a great platform to work with as well. “Windows Phone is an incredibly fun and easy platform for developers to work with, and Kik was thrilled to have the chance to create a concept with the phone’s next-generation developer tools,” said Ted Livingston, CEO, Kik Messenger. “In only two weeks, we had an amazing new app that looks and feels like an extension of the phone itself, creating a customer experience like nothing we’ve seen before.”
To have the backing of big names such as Skype is a massive step forward for Microsoft. Now that Nokia are on board with the production of Windows Phone 7 devices, and there are already handsets on the market from the likes of HTC and Samsung, more and more people are going to be introduced to the company’s latest and greatest mobile software. To have a great core experience as well as apps from many popular names is sure to gain the platform many new fans.
Microsoft certainly seems to be heading in the right direction with Windows Phone 7, and as more developers get on board and create apps for the platform it’s bound to grow in popularity. With the right hardware partners, which Microsoft seems to have, and enough developer support, Windows Phone could become a real threat to existing smartphone operating systems such as iOS and Android in the future.
Are you a Windows Phone 7 user? Are you happy about the new updates? If you haven’t considered a Windows Phone before, will the next multitasking update tempt you to check it out? Let us know in the comments!