Information Week is reporting that Microsoft’s new Mobile OS will not offer multitasking for third party apps. In a note to developers, Microsoft technical evangelist Yochay Kiriaty wrote, “Windows Phone allows only one application to run at any given time in the foreground, and no 3rd party applications are allowed to run in the background.”
This means that whenever a user navigates out of application to answer a call — or do anything else — the app is quit. At this stage, we do not know the extent to which first party Microsoft apps will run in the background.
Given the years of flack and complaints that were leveled against Apple for this very issue, I’m surprised that Microsoft went with this decision. Multitasking is a major draw on a Mobile OS, and not having it will be a major black mark against the fledgling platform.