List of features removed in Windows Phone
While Windows Phone contains many new features, a number of capabilities and certain programs that were a part of previous versions up to Windows Mobile 6.5 were removed or changed.
Until Windows Phone 6.5, the previous version did always cover the complete feature range of the predecessor version.
The following is a list of features which were present in Windows Mobile 6.5 but were removed in Windows Phone 7.0.
- The list of past phone calls is now a single list, and cannot be separated into inbound, outbound or missed calls
- Windows Phone does not support USB sync with Microsoft Outlook's Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes as opposed to older versions of Windows Mobile with Desktop ActiveSync. Syncing Contacts and Appointments is done via cloud-based services (Windows Live, Google, or Exchange Server), and no method to sync this information directly with a PC is provided. Third party software, such as Akruto Sync, provides some of this functionality. A petition to Microsoft was filed to reinstate USB sync for Outlook.
Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone 7.5
- Internet sockets
- Cut, copy, and paste
- Partial multitasking for 3rd party apps
- Connecting to Wi-Fi (wireless) access points with hidden SSID, but without WPA
- Tethering to a computer
- Custom ringtones
- Universal email inbox
- USSD messages
- VoIP calling through a separate app
Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone 8.0
- Removable SD cards
- USB mass-storage
- Bluetooth file transfers
- Connecting to Wi-Fi (wireless) access points with both a hidden SSID and WPA protection
- Sideloading for corporate apps
- VoIP and IP Videocalling integrated in the Phone app
- Support for Office documents with security permissions[note 1]
- On-device encryption
- Strong passwords
- Full Exchange support[note 2]
- Native applications
- Full background multitasking
Features subsequently implemented in Windows Phone 8.1
- IPsec security (VPN)
- System-wide file manager
- The 'Weekly' view in the Calendar app
- Universal search
- UMTS/LTE Videocalling
- List of features removed in Windows Vista
- List of features removed in Windows 7
- List of features removed in Windows 8
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Actually, as a general matter, there are a whole lot of companies that we're working with pretty closely to figure out what additional capabilities developers want and need to add great new scenarios, and so multitasking is a good example of one we're already talking to people about, we're looking for the right way to implement it. So that's something you'll see come from us at some point.
- Hidden SSID Support in Windows Phone 7.5
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... в Windows Phone 7 отсутствует поддержка USSD-запросов ...
- Made possible through additional apps such as Skype.
- During Microsoft’s Windows Phone Summit Microsoft revealed that the OS will support removable memory cards
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- Windows Phone 7 supports upgradable storage via an SD card; however SD card memory is merged with the phone's internal storage, and changing the SD card causes the phone to reset to factory settings
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- VOIP calls will look just like regular phone calls with all the same features and notifications.
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- Microsoft brings true, background multitasking to Windows Phone 8
- Seamless voice-to-video call switching with LTE: "... the only Android phones that support UMTS video calls are the Samsung Galaxy series of phones. Other than that, only Symbian and Windows Mobile (not Windows Phone) phones support UMTS video calls."