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Ten ways to improve Windows Phone 7 - a developer's perspective

Since its inception, suggestions have been scouring the internet on how to improve Windows Phone 7. We ran across an interesting list of suggestions that come from a developer's perspective. While recognizing that Windows Phone 7 is a "modern, well-throughout and refreshing OS" the article concentrates on technical and strategic changes that would help with WP7's longevity.

Along with UI Virtualization and Hardware Acceleration, here are some of the suggestions offered that an end-user might agree with:

Fix Push Notifications: From capping the number of apps that can receive push notifications to the overall reliability of push notifications, this area needs improvements.

Improve the Home Screen: I've grown fond of the Home/Start Screen with Windows Phone 7 but, as suggested on the list, the design comes at the expense of application discovery and usability.  Sometimes it just takes forever to swipe down to the app you're looking for.  We've heard mention of folders but what about having multiple sets of tiles? Have a Home Screen Hub of sorts?

Update the Back and Search Button Behavior: Change the Back Button functionality to only navigate within the context of an app. Then add a long press that would take you to the previous application. It is also suggested that the Search Button should be contextual to the app running. A long-press would pull up BING and pressing the Search Button on the Home Screen would search your device. These suggestions would help eliminate the accidental presses that send you completely out of an app.

The author also touches on the need for a companion Windows Phone 7 tablet. A tablet allows you to scale up Windows Phone 7 and allows for developers and Microsoft to tap into a secondary market.

I agree with one of the closing thoughts in that Windows Phone success is a matter of execution and strategy. Microsoft has a very good foundation and next month we'll see how the first step in its growth takes shape.

Source: Orktane

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

3 Comments
  • I like what this Dev has to say. I am 100% for the Windows Phone Tablet. I'm an IT Consultant, i travel and deal with Large ENterprise companies and they all (including myself) want a tablet that will not replace the Laptop but will replace the need to walk around with a laptop. OneNote has to be one of the best Applications of it's kind. And the integration of OneNote with the Phone is amazing. Now if i could only get that on a tablet. Unfortunately the iPad isn't all there yet, however if Apple is able to jump on this niche and grab the business user i feel very sorry for Microsoft as they would have lost this oppertunity to grab this market. So who wants a Windows Phone Tablet? Any someone at MS change the stupid name.
  • The back button already works within the context of some apps, but it depends on the app. For instance, several games make use of the "back" button as a start button. now a "long hold" for the home button, able to be toggled by application - that would be nice.
  • Fully agree with his suggestions - it makes great sensE. As Sean said, the search button is contextual sometimes (like in the Marketplace or in the Contacts hub).