Monday, September 27, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Doesn’t Support Tethering

If you’re thinking of buying a Windows Phone 7 device and using it to connect your laptop to the Internet, think again. The company’s new smartphones will not support tethering at all.

That’s another item on the list of features (including copy and paste) tech geeks love that won’t be present in the new phones. To be fair, though, the iPhone (iPhone) didn’t officially do tethering either until very recently, but the feature is well-supported by many Android (Android) phones.

The Boy Genius Report says that it heard directly from a Microsoft spokesperson, who said that the company’s official statement is this: “Windows Phone 7 does not support tethering.”

That’s going to be a dealbreaker for some hardcore techies, but most users won’t know the difference. And there are plenty of features left to recommend Windows Phone 7, including Xbox Live integration, the Zune marketplace and some neat Bing Maps features.

Windows Phone 7 is ready for release, so we’re just waiting on manufacturers to start cranking out their handsets based on the platform. Let’s just hope it goes over better than the Kin, Microsoft’s last big phone launch.


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