Microsoft is planning to add full multitasking to Windows Phone in a point release later this year.
The software giant demonstrated this functionality with an early build of “Mango”, a release that Microsoft plans to ship in the second half of 2011. Mango provides multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, SkyDrive integration and Twitter people hub support. Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones, demonstrated all of Mango’s features during Steve Ballmer’s Mobile World Congress keynote earlier this week.
Belfiore demonstrated the new multitasking functions of Windows Phone which will allow users to quickly switch between applications, resume apps and use a new UI to check the state and switch to running apps. The UI is similar to Microsoft’s Windows 7 peek function as it gives an overview of the application state before the switch occurs. Microsoft’s multitasking for Windows Phone addresses a key criticism of the new operating system and is scheduled to ship as part of a big release possibly named Windows Phone 7.5.