As promised, more updates from the Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft Windows Phone unit President Andy Lees has announced that Microsoft will update Windows Phone 7 with improved multitasking, ability to play games simultaneously with Xbox, and Internet Explorer 9 soon.
At MWC, Microsoft also showed a demo of how a player on the phone might play a game of throwing balls at someone playing with an Xbox and Kinect. Also revealed at MWC, were Microsoft’s plans of allowing sharing of Microsoft Office documents directly and seamless between Windows Phones, Windows PCs and the cloud-based Windows Live service.
The best thing about porting Internet Explorer 9 over to the Windows Phone platform would be the fact that it would allow for an amazing, optimized web browsing experience felt never before on smartphones as we know them today. However, there’s a downside as the IE9 in WP7 will not support Adobe Flash, Mr. Lees said citing battery and other reasons, however, the company may add support for Flash in further updates in the future.
It looks like Microsoft is all set to carve a respectable niche for itself in the smartphone market with its signature Windows Phone 7 platform and when these features reach WP7 devices, the overall experience is bound to be greatly amplified as well as greatly appreciated among the consumers.