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Multitasking in WP7 style coming this year

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Multitasking in WP7 style coming this year
During its keynotes, Microsoft just announced that it will add third-party multitasking this year.

This multitasking in WP7 style was demonstrated at MWC -  including how to switch between two games and play music at the same time. Really, who wouldn't want to have two games running at the same time?!

Holding the back button brings you to the task switching application, which allows you to jump from app to app. Nice.

Mind this feature is not coming with the March update, but at some point this year - Microsoft claimed it held multitasking back from the original release because of "battery issues".

Well, great stuff really - hope we will test it sooner rather than later. Eager to multitask on WP7?

source: Microsoft

Task switcher in WP7; image courtesy of Engadget

Task switcher in WP7; image courtesy of Engadget


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posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:05

1. athiel021 (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2009)


Really, the lack of multi-tasking is one of the main features holding me back from trying out the OS. If they can implement a good and effecient multi-task system, I'd be willing to give it a shot.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 17:58

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


Im not sure this is that efficient. It seems like a pain to switch through a bunch of "cards". Something like how with apples you can see a bunch at a time would be better. Even multiflow is better (basically expose and is what i use). Androids mulittasking fails and i am glad they went the apple way since android wastes battery life for no reason.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:12

2. webOSdev2.0 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


This is not in WP7 style this is in WebOs style great job stealing ideas Microsoft

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:31

3. bobrhine (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Apr 2010)


that's not webos style. it's a freaken preview of a window. it's a large thumbnail. i dont know why ppl keep saying it's stolen from webos. all that is, is a large version of alt + tab.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 15:06

10. Landmarkcm (Posts: 467; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Thank you they are not "stealing" ideas just by adding multitasking! There Os is completely original in itself so there adding multitasking good I'll be glave to have it like other OS's do. But there not stealing anything & Im a former webOS user. Haters just want to because they may not happen to like microsoft or WP7 which is Awesome..

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 11:49 1

4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


From what I read on PhoneScoop, this is more akin to the iPhone multitasking than true multitasking. Once again, WP7 is copying iOS. When the phone was first announced, it lacked multitasking just like the iPhone did. Then Apple announced the iPhone would be able to do this frozen state multitasking and here is Microsoft following suit. What's next? FaceTime style of video chat?

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 12:00 1

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


lol there is MS for you

I don't even imagine why the hell did they not include this feature from the start.... as may would say its an important feature... because i love to play my games get some and get some replies on twitter, hold my game to answer,and hit back to killing some aliens, wont you agree Jef?

I think IOS took that long because they wont sacrifice its performance reputation to give some features

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 13:19

7. unregistered (unregistered)


Umm. HTC made windows 6.1 phones with a front facing camera and video chat. Nokia had front facing camera video chat phone before the iphone 4 came out as well. WP7 will have some sort of a factime like function later this year. That is old news. Video chat was old news on a phone when before the iphone 4 launched.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 14:13

8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


It's obvious that Apple isn't the first company to use video chat. It's been out for years, Decades even. But they've spun it differently. It doesn't use airtime minutes and doesn't need an additional app. If you have an iPhone 4 and you're on Wifi, it works.

Multitasking isn't something new either, but Apple's way of doing it has been copied.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 13:00

6. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 869; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


MS is committed and that's a good sign. I'm grabbing a WP7 device as soon as it hits Verizon!

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 14:20 1

9. webOSdev2.0 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I retract my statement thanks I just learned something new lol

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 19:02

12. pecemaloto (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


plain interface doesnt mean plain os... thats what them MS guys didnt understood all this years in the making(copying) iOs... But, lets see what the update brings... no1 knows yet...

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