Windows Phone 7 may be Microsoft’s vision of the future of smartphone operating systems… but it’s certainly looking more and more like a device that’s stuck in 2007. We already knew Windows Phone 7 would ship without copy and paste functionality and with limited multitasking support. Now it looks like the WP7 web browser won’t support HTML5 or Adobe Flash when the operating system launches in a few months.
To be fair, Microsoft says Adobe Flash support is in the works, once a suitable mobile version of Flash Player is available. But that might not happen until about 6 months after Windows Phone 7 hits the streets.
As for HTML5, a Microsoft official reportedly told a group in Germany that there are “no concrete plans for HTML5 support.”
That could severely limit the number of web apps that will run on Windows Phone 7 devices. Google Android, iOS, and even the latest verison of the BlackBerry operating system all include HTML5 support.