Answering The Question – Can Windows Phone Multitask

When Microsoft shared the developer story for Windows Phone 7 at MIX, there was a lot of talk about multitasking and if it was even an option in Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has been very careful in what they say when it comes to multitasking. There’s been no official yes or no answer and because of this, the public has pretty much ruled that Windows Phone 7 does not multitask.

Enter Mark Arteaga, a fellow Windows Mobile MVP. Mark’s recent post takes an in-depth look at multitasking on Windows Phone 7. He talks about the 4 different application states and how they impact applications. He goes on to create a sample application that simply increments a counter as time goes by. With the sample application deployed to the emulator, Mark launches the Start Menu, opened another application called EnergizeIT Mobile, launched the Start Menu again, selected the sample application and it returns to the foreground showing that the counter value has incremented while the process was in the background. For all the developers in the crowd, Mark even provides you the code he used to run the threads.

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End result is that Windows Phone 7 does support multitasking and from the looks of what Mark did, it supports more than the 7 simple situations that Apple has exposed in version 4 of their iPhone OS.

You can check out all the details and even the sample code that Mark provides, over on his blog.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

  • http://www.twitter.com/DarrenHumphries Darren Humphries

    This is very interesting but also doesn’t really answer the question. :P I would love to hear MS give us a definitive answer on multitasking.

    Watching the iPhone 4.0 announcement about how they implemented multitasking was interesting. It seems like a smart way to do things; striking a balance between multitasking and battery life. Seems like MS wants to have the same control, so I’m curious to see if they role out with multitasking and, if they do, in what measure.

  • http://www.MobileJaw.com Mike Temporale

    It answers the question in the sense that it is possible. It’s not an official answer from Microsoft, but at least we now know that there is nothing blocking this functionality.

    Apple’s approach is very limited. Microsoft is saying that they have taken battery life very seriously. I expect we’ll see more proof of this in the coming months.

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    Having the ability to multi-task will help them. It seems like everyone really wants this.

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