Charlie Kindel talks about 'Windows Phone 7 multitasking, Dorado'

At MIX 10, Charlie Kindel was asked “Can Windows Phone 7 devices multitask? A: Microsoft’s own “experiences” which are part of the Windows Phone 7 will allow for multitasking (i.e., music playing in the background while you’re doing e-mail). But third party applications won’t have the same multitasking capabilities, Kindel said.Developers will be able to […]

At MIX 10, Charlie Kindel was asked “Can Windows Phone 7 devices multitask? A: Microsoft’s own “experiences” which are part of the Windows Phone 7 will allow for multitasking (i.e., music playing in the background while you’re doing e-mail). But third party applications won’t have the same multitasking capabilities, Kindel said.Developers will be able to use things like notifications to create the illusion that applications are always live. In addition, the Live tiles that are part of the new UI will be constantly updated in real time (also through notifications). Over time, as things like battery life, network utilization and application predictability improve for the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft will make more multitasking support available for all applications, Kindel said. How is the Dorado (Zune PC software) going to change to accommodate Windows Phone 7 devices? A: Dorado becomes the “only software you’ll need” to sync your phone, Kindel said. Dorado will replace ActiveSync and will be the conduit for all audio/video content on your phone. Kindel wouldn’t talk about whether Dorado also will be the way Microsof will push “over the air” updates of the Windows Phone operating system to users’ devices. (He said Microsoft will share more on that later this year.)”