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16 Mar 2010   #1

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Can Windows Phone 7 multitask?

Can Windows Phone 7 multitask (and other Microsoft mobile questions and answers)
It’s been a day full of Windows Phone 7 content here at the Microsoft Mix 10 conference. I’ve gone to a couple of sessions, a press conference and a one-on-one meeting with Charlie Kindel, who’s spearheading the Windows Phone 7 development charge.

Here are five new things I learned about the platform via these various channels. All of these are questions I keep hearing from potential developers and customers trying to decipher Microsoft’s evolving mobile story.

Q: Can Windows Phone 7 devices multitask?

A: Kindel said Microsoft’s own “experiences” which are part of the Windows Phone 7 will allow for multitasking (i.e., music playing in the background while you’re doing e-mail). But third party applications won’t have the same multitasking capabilities, Kindel said.Developers will be able to use things like notifications to create the illusion that applications are always live. In addition, the Live tiles that are part of the new UI will be constantly updated in real time (also through notifications). Over time, as things like battery life, network utilization and application predictability improve for the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft will make more multitasking support available for all applications, Kindel said.
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