The mobile scene has been on fire in the past week or so, and all of this has culminated at the Mobile World Congress going on now in Barcelona. Today, Microsoft head Steve Ballmer presented the latest updates to the Windows Phone 7 operating system, coming in March. Much like Apple finally implemented, WP7 now has 3rd party multitasking – via a card system very much like webOS – and copy/paste. Why these features weren’t there in the first place is beyond me, but at least it didn’t take three (or four) iterations to include these features…. Apple. Along for the ride as well is a new browser using the much faster and more modern IE9 underpinnings (allowing for hardware acceleration), Twitter integration and finally support for CDMA (Verizon and Sprint customers).
It’s good to see Microsoft being pretty quick with updates. I said from the beginning that the only way Microsoft could be successful was by issuing updates often, showing that they are constantly improving the platform. These updates should placate those who felt WP7 was lacking a bit.