Windows Phone 7 shows us some love; in Landscape

As more and more details trickle out in relation to Windows Phone 7 and the different features and such that will be supported, some little features that we take for granted in Windows Mobile 6.x remain noticeably absent. We can now scratch Landscape support on the start screen off of that list.

CNet’s Ina Fried takes fabulous look behind the scenes at some of the people and processes behind Windows Phone 7. In the associated photo gallery, one of the images shows a glimpse of a Windows Phone 7 (displaying a landscape start screen) running on a development board.

Other tidbits in the article include a discussion on how Microsoft came to the decision on leaving out such things as copy and paste, as well as multitasking.

For the full read, head on over to the CNet post.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Guys, I know it's your job to report on the ongoings of Windows mobile development; but for Christ's sake, it's just getting sad now reading your updates. What's the point of WP7 anymore? Forget Apple, even Android is so far ahead of MS that I can't see how they'll catch up. Glaring features like multi-tasking that even Apple has now addressed are going to be missing?!? Come on, WebOS will be a more viable option under HP before WP7 and that's saying a lot considering HP's level of ineptitude. Good luck with your reporting because I like you guys, but I hope you can diversify this site to cover other gadget related things like when you do the round robin coverage. -Cagrino
  • Generally, when a site is named something like WMExperts, they usually focus on one thing, in this case Windows Mobile. *Gasp* Surprise, right? If you have no hope for WinMo and do not care about it, why bother visiting this site?
    I'm sure the folks as WMExperts appreciate it for the ad revenue, but you (I've see a few people similar) provide nothing in these comments worthwhile.WP7 isn't even close to release yet, nobody has used a final build, and yet people are bitching about it.
  • The difference between WP7 and iOS on the multitasking front is that Jobs has the balls to call it multitasking. The apps themselves aren't running active code in the background. Both are using saved state multitasking. With WP7 it's only going to be first party programs (music, phone, internet, etc) that are able to run active code in the background. I've heard that they are also going to allow choice apps to run active code such as pandora. However, the general public will be exempt from this. With iOS they are doing the same exact thing but they are opening it up a little more and allowing only third parties meeting certain criteria to be able to run code in the background. This is mostly just limited to instant messaging and music. For the vast majority of people this is all that they will need. Also, MS has already announced that they will have copy and paste running within a few months of release. It won't be there out of the gate though. They were hoping on using intelligent linking but the public balked at it so they are listening to their customers and adding it in. Second also, flash will be operational in the same timespan though.
  • I m very excited to know how multitasking and copy paste works effectively in WP7 ? Its now getting better and better day by day by adding more advanced features.
  • please inform me of what greatness in usability Android has? not a sarcastic comment, please just post why android is so great?
  • The windows phone 7 looks like a Psp jeje