Microsoft to release new WP7 dev platform in May featuring multitasking support

first_imgAs someone who really wants Windows Phone 7 to become a viable competitor to the likes of iOS and Android, it’s absolutely painful watching how slowly that platform is evolving. Although better late than never, it took Microsoft almost six months to bring copy-and-paste support to existing WP7 handset owners… and many carriers still haven’t pushed that patch OTA.As for other promised functionality like multitasking and deeper OS integration for developers? Microsoft’s just starting to tease devs with the details, spilling these enhancements to the core Windows Phone 7 experience to attendants at this week’s MIX exposition. According to Microsoft, the new features will enable:• Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching.• Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles.• Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences.It’s all part of a new development platform for Windows Phone 7 that should be available starting in May for free. By releasing the new platform, Microsoft hopes that developers will be able to integrate their apps better with the operating system and take advantage of some of Windows Phone 7’s unique features like live tiles.Along with everything else, Microsoft previewed some of their next generation apps, which included titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Skype, and Amazon Shopping.That’s the problem in a nutshell, isn’t it? Good as Windows Phone 7 is, it feels more like a viable alternative to the original versions of the Android and iOS operating systems. Three years behind the times, in other words… with three year old “new” apps to prove it.Read more at Microsoftlast_img

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