How do you feel about a Nokia smartphone running Windows Phone 7, with the following features?

  • High-resolution screen with a highly interactive touch UI
  • Full-fidelity HTML5 web browser
  • Copy-paste
  • Full Twitter and Facebook integration (social feeds attached to contact cards)
  • Full-fidelity Office document editing with cloud sync
  • Multitasking

Interested? Microsoft have just announced that all the above features will come to Windows Phone 7 in 2011. The phone is stable and usable today, but I’ve always said it lacks the features to make it perfect (in my opinion). These features get it pretty damn close.

To get a flavour of what a Y+1 Windows Phone 7 experience will look like, check out this YouTube video demo of multitasking:

The Nokia bit is the only thing not guaranteed for 2011, but I’d be surprised if we don’t see at least one Nokia WP7 device this year.

Microsoft had to get a device out to show they were serious about competing, but I do wonder if they would have got a better result by waiting for the features to be baked before releasing. Then again, it’s almost guaranteed that they would have missed the Nokia deal.

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