Windows Phone 7: Problems It Could Have Avoided

By Posted 16 Nov 2010, 00:15

With Windows Phone 7 OS being the new kid on the block, it was always going to be hard to come up against Apple’s iPhone software — iOS 4, and of course Google’s Android system currently in Froyo, and soon to be Gingerbread.

As Windows Phone 7 was delayed quite considerably, there were certain mistakes that it should have been able to avoid. One notable feature being copy & paste. This is a prime feature that Microsoft need, and should have included. It is a simple, yet effective feature that a vast majority of smartphone users want, and use on a regular basis.

Another noticeable absentee is Multitasking. You would have thought that Microsoft would have seen the disaster Apple stumbled upon once they announced that iOS too was ignoring these simple features.

When it comes to teething problems, it seems that Windows Phone 7 has escaped quite lightly. But in a recent article by our very own Gary Johnson, he reports that there have been stories of WP7 actually damaging microSD cards. Alan Ng also states that there have been numerous stories about WiFi issues.

Although Microsoft seem to have delivered quite an extraordinary piece of software with it’s unique interface, it seems as though they have not got it quite right yet.

What features would you like in addition to what is already included? And if any, what features would you like to be removed? Has Microsoft got something to build on in the future, or do you think this could be their last crack at the smartphone business?

Source: PC World

  • srakor

    You asked for a list of things that should be fixed in Windows Phone 7.

    Well, here it is:

    -Copy & Paste not working
    -Bluetooth file exchange not working
    -No HTML5, No Flash, No video in the browser
    -No 3rd party app multitasking
    -No Custom Ringtones
    -3rd party apps can't use the compass or video camera
    -Doesn't recognise the full Exchange server policies (just a subset)
    -Does not recognize Microsoft Office security permissions
    -No alternate browsers (You're stuck with Internet Explorer 7)
    -No videocalling
    -No accessible file system
    -No 3rd party VoIP apps (eg No Skype, No Fring)
    -No tethering to a laptop
    -No USB syncing
    -No realtime multi-player games
    -Bing Button can't be changed to Google
    -No Google Maps
    -No native code for app developers (why Mozilla and Firefox are not on WP7
    -No inbuilt database
    -No sideloading of apps
    -No Bluetooth API
    -No front-facing camera
    -No inter-process communication (IPC)
    -No Sockets (necessary for proper network functions)
    -No video capture support
    -No outside Truetype fonts (just the ones it came with)
    -No CDMA
    -No app switcher
    -No sound equaliser in Windows Media Player
    -Can't create PowerPoint document
    -PIM (address book/appointments) can't be accessed by apps
    -No turn-by-turn navigation
    -No universal search
    -No unified email inbox
    -No drag-n-drop transfer of files
    -No ability to upload photos to Twitter
    -Apps often don't work well in landscape mode

    Windows Phone 7 was often referred to as Microsoft's "last chance" in mobile. Well, I think Microsoft has blown it.

  • dodge

    other than the aformentioned, it needs the mueic player improved, ebuddy or other msn/facebook/other client, official windows msn app… i mean it IS made by microsoft themselves…
    but in essence its definately the best phone OS but to really be the best it needs so much added to it. multitasking being the first

    custom ringtones are a must too

  • george

    copy and paste is coming soon. I have an iPhone 3G, and to be honest, I rarely use it, and never really missed it.

    Multitasking. the iPhone does not really do multitasking either – it allows some process of some 3rd party apps to run in the background.

  • happy

    The list posted by the troll srakor is mostly full of rubbish:

    -Copy & Paste not working
    – It's not that it's not working, it isn't implemented yet. Coming in the Jan update.

    -Bluetooth file exchange not working
    – Again not implemented. This is due to the locked down file system.

    -No HTML5, No Flash, No video in the browser
    – Adobe are working on Flash.

    -3rd party apps can't use the compass or video camera
    – The API's for these are not yet completed. They'll be added as soon as they are.

    -No accessible file system
    – The file system will not be accessible. The vast majority of smartphone users don't care about this, it's done to keep the system simple and reliable.

    -No 3rd party VoIP apps (eg No Skype, No Fring)
    – Sockets are not yet implemented, already confirmed to be coming in a future update.

    -No tethering to a laptop
    – Rubbish. This is already proved working on various Samsung and LG devices.

  • happy

    -No USB syncing
    – Rubbish. You can sync media with Zune via USB.

    -No realtime multi-player games
    – MS have already confirmed that they will be expanding the XBOX Live functionality in the future to allow this.

    -Bing Button can't be changed to Google
    – The "Search" button can be customized in the browser by OEM's/Carriers, not yet by the user. From the Start Screen it is always going to launch the Bing app, this is a Microsoft device, why wouldn't it?!

    -No Google Maps
    – How is this a limitation of the OS? Google haven't provided the app yet, but it's rumoured to be in the works as they've already published the Google Search app.

    -No sideloading of apps
    – Does the iPhone allow this? Does anyone really do this on Android except for installing pirate applications?

    -No front-facing camera
    – Who actually uses them? I've had countless smartphones over the past few years with front facing cameras and never once used them!

  • happy

    -No inter-process communication (IPC)
    – Exactly why is this needed? Apps are sandboxed for security, the underlying OS obviously has IPC, but I really fail to see the need for phone apps.

    -No Sockets (necessary for proper network functions)
    – You've already mentioned this!

    -No video capture support
    – Rubbish. The camera app is of course capable of video capture. If you mean in apps, then you've already mentioned it and are just trolling it again.

    -No outside Truetype fonts (just the ones it came with)
    – Who gives a toss?

    -No CDMA
    – CDMA phones aren't quite ready yet, they'll be out in Jan.

    -No app switcher
    – Now this is about the first useful point. An app switcher would be nice to choose between tombstoned applications.

  • happy

    -No sound equaliser in Windows Media Player
    – What? There isn't even such a thing called Windows Media Player on the device?! You will find that the HTC devices have an equaliser to use with the ZUNE media player.

    -Can't create PowerPoint document
    – Would you really want to? It's a tiny screen for christ's sake.

    -PIM (address book/appointments) can't be accessed by apps
    – For security.

    -No turn-by-turn navigation
    – Only because there's no app yet. The platform's only been out a few weeks, give it chance.

    -No universal search
    – That would be a nice feature.

    -No unified email inbox
    – I understand why some people want this, but personally I like to keep work and play apart.

    • Rock

      and actually, ATT has turn by turn app that comes with the phones from them.

  • happy

    -No drag-n-drop transfer of files
    – You've already covered the locked down file system twice!

    -No ability to upload photos to Twitter
    – Eh? I can do this just fine.

    -Apps often don't work well in landscape mode
    – This just proves how much of a troll you are. What utter rubbish, apps that are designed to work in landscape work just fine, those that aren't stay in portrait mode.

    • microhard

      Happy…..what you said made me happy lol. 5 thumbs up dude!

    • ravi

      well said "Happy". too many trolls out there ready to discredit wp7 for the smallest things

  • P5YM0N

    Well put 'happy', I have been what some would say an 'Apple fan boy' but I got the WP7 HD7 as a change, and i have to say I love it, yes its not perfect, but hey its just been released !! after a few updates this OS will be fine. I used to jailbreak my iPhone and mess around with all that nerd stuff but at the end of the day am bored with all that now. I just want a good lookin slick OS on a nice phone, easy to use, no fuss, no crashes, etc … which I feel I have now. I you dont like it, dont f*ckin buy it, its that simple. If however you have bought it, give it a chance … its VERY early days..

  • Rob

    Srakor dropping his crap here too?

    2 weeks ago I was at a Microsoft conference for work and got my hands on a Windows Phone 7 device and I was impressed, I was ready to trade in my 3GS right there. unfortunantely I have to wait until June 2011 when I'm elegible for an upgrade, at least there should be some new handsets choices by then too.

  • JPM

    Don't understand all the fuss about multitasking. This is a 4" screen for gods sake. My windows 6.5 allowed multitasking and if I forgot to turn things off in the background my battery would be dead in 30 minutes. I don't want stuff running in the background. Stuff that needs to can however.

    • Rock

      /agree.

      And it does multitask. its no 3rd party app multitasking.

      so you CAN listen to music and run any app you want too.. and control the music at any time with any app running, which is really the only multitasking i could care about.

      but along the same lines, i don't like the "resuming". and its up to the app developer to make sure to program in to autosave if you exit to home screen or if your phone goes to sleep.

      Love the focus so far. that screen is just beautiful. plus zune PC software is the best music software/service out there.

  • KMG

    Here's a couple more from my own issues list…
    - can't connect to networks with hidden SSID's (whether hiding SSID's is effective is irrelevant, the fact is some networks are hidden and we have no control over that)
    - can't VPN
    - can only sync the primary calendar from each source

    I'm a WP7 app developer and I have a vested interest in seeing the platform succeed, but I'm disappointed by the amount of seemingly trivial omissions in the OS. It's great that MS promises they will address the issues, but without any timelines or a public roadmap, I'm worried. I hope I'm wrong.

  • Pat

    Will we ever be able to sync locally with Outlook? I depnd so much on Microsoft Outlook for my Contacts and Calendar, I hope MS will include in their update (if ver it comes) the ability to do this. I don't want 3rd party programs or Exchange or Cloud. I like things to be simple.

  • windows phone user

    I don't like being forced to have a windows live account to upload an app or to update my phone features. Once I did sign up for windows live – then it started uploading my calendar data online without notifying me, there was no option to turn it off. It also uploaded my contacts. I would like to have a choice in what info gets online. When I tried to modify to Windows Live account, have the pages said "server problem cannot access page" this has been going on for over 4 hours now. I then tried to remove the windows live account from my phone, and could not, then found out the only way to do this is a hard reset erasing ALL of my data. My vote – it is not ready for prime time in many areas – I will probably exchange this phone for one that isn't so "high-maintenance"

  • Elias D.

    Dear srakor says,
    I have HTC HD7 OS windows phone 7.
    I confirm that most of your notes are true, Bluetooth, USB connection not working in any way. copy past not working.
    Poor interface in organization and making folders.
    WI-FI its hard to set it at the first time.
    Error messages without knowing why.
    many…
    I will switch to Android by changing the cell phone
    HTC has also Android as OS.