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Windows Phone 7 Lacks Flash Support

Microsoft confirms the first version of its new mobile device OS won't support Flash or cut-and-paste operations.

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Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series won't support two features that are familiar to most computer users—at least not out of the gate.

The first iteration of the mobile device platform will not run Adobe's Flash multimedia Web graphics software, nor will it allow users to perform simple cut-and-paste procedures on applications and messages.

Microsoft has indicated that it did not feel it worth delaying the launch of Windows Phone 7 to include features it doesn't believe are deal breakers. The company is hoping to get Windows Phone 7 devices into the market in time for the 2010 holiday season.

Microsoft, according to a number of blog reports, plans to add support for Flash and cut-and-paste in later updates to the Windows Phone 7 OS.

Adobe officials appear to have confirmed that their company is working with Microsoft to bring Flash support to later editions of Windows Phone 7.

"One thing I wanted to clarify as it may have been lost in some of the other news is that Adobe and Microsoft are working together to bring Flash Player 10.1 to Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Series," said Adobe developer relations manager Mike Chambers, in a post last week on his blog.

Flash support could be a key differentiator between Windows Phone 7 and Apple's iPhone. Apple recently added support for Flash-based applications to the iPhone, but the device's browser does not support viewing of Flash-based Web content.

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a number of tools that software developers can use to create applications for Windows Phone 7. Most of the tools are versions of standard Microsoft developer tools that have been modified for mobile environments.

Among the tools Microsoft announced at its MIX10 conference in Las Vegas this week are Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, a Windows Phone 7 Series add-in for use with Visual Studio 2010 RC, XNA Game Studio 4.0, Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing, and Expression Blend for Windows Phone.

The latter is available as a download under Microsoft's Community Technology Preview program.

By extending Windows PC development tools to Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is hoping to maintain a consistent environment for developers across all of its products.