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Windows Phone 7 future features

During last month's Microsoft's DevDays in The Hague, Charlie Kindel, a Windows Phone 7 Development Team member, sat down with Tweakers.net and discussed, in part, future features for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft expects to deliver them.

Kindel stated that the initial release of Windows Phone 7 will not be feature complete, leaving the door open to additional features that will be added once they are properly functional.  Kindel stated that, "This is a change from earlier Windows Mobile versions, where we strove for as much possible functionality. Now, some things are missing at launch but the important thing for us is user experience. Everything must work equally well for the unit to work properly. Then we will look at how we can extend that functionality."

We can expect future features from Microsoft as they build upon the initial release (which, according to Kindel, is still on track for this Fall).  The one "future feature" mentioned in the interview was the ability to extend (or add) the hubs within Windows Phone 7.

Another highlight from the interview was that Microsoft s intending to release updates and "future features" for Windows Phone 7 directly. Kindel stated, "We want everyone on the same version of the OS." He continued, "Updates will be available through the Zune desktop or over the air." Larger updates would be handled through the Zune software while minor updates would be handled OTA. With Microsoft having more direct control over the update process, it will be interesting to see if updates and fixes are more timely.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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says:

Great news.

Shows that the major focus now is to get the OS working 100%. I don't mind that, especially since we can get updates free (presumably) OTA after the release.

pelona#WP says:

First, it's about time! Other Mobile OS's have had OIA updates for some time and it's sorta expected in this day and age. It's good to see WP7 will have it.

But before any cheering starts, read between the lines:

"Kindel stated that the initial release of Windows Phone 7 will not be feature complete, leaving the door open to additional features that will be added once they are properly functional."

This is another way of saying that we are behind schedule and won't have everything ready a launch. The Microsoft second generation curse strikes again! Still, better to be fully-baked and late than half-baked and on time. Still again, this means OS 4 and possible a new iPhone will be shipping before a feature complete WP7 appears.

"Another highlight from the interview was that Microsoft s intending to release updates and 'future features' for Windows Phone 7 directly. Kindel stated, 'We want everyone on the same version of the OS.' He continued, 'Updates will be available through the Zune desktop or over the air.'"

While Microsoft needs to do this to compete, it's important to note it will also be an important weapon in Microsoft's arsenal against jail-breakers and custom ROMs, just as Apple wages a rear-guard gorilla war with it's updates.

says:

Windows Phone 7 is not "on time", it has a moving target date. The original release date was over two years ago.

says:

I always expected this, the OTA system is in place just for this. And they've done a good number of Zune updates for devices so they know how it all works out. The only question one should ask is how quick we will be getting updates. Small updates every month would be best, with big feature updates every 2 or 3 (4 at the most imo) months sounds about right.

says:

Great features.I can say Windows Phone 7 is almost everything anyone could've dreamed of in a phone..Hope Microsoft will get success in getting all these important features.

says:

It is great that Charlie Kindel came out and said it clearly that WP7 is not complete. Some posters have been ragging on WP7 for not having all the bells and whistles without realizing that this OS just started being developed a little over a year ago.

Yes the reason why MS are going the OTA update route is because they play on implementing tweaks and upgrades frequently (not every week but possibly every other month or so).

I'm excited to see the newer technology they have being implemented through updates.