With a select number of Windows Phone 7 handsets now in the wild, new and exciting details on Microsoft’s upcoming mobile OS are becoming available. While we marvel at the slick user interface of Windows Phone 7, we are crestfallen when we discover that one of the most annoying nuances of Windows Mobile has been built into this modern mobile OS. WP7 apparently doesn’t take too well to HTML email images, as you can see from the screenshots above.
All we have to say is “HTML email” and most Windows Mobile users will begin to complain ad infinitum about Microsoft’s insistence on blocking image downloads in HTML emails. Sure, you can agree to download the images and refresh your inbox to grab the visual component of your mobile email but unlike Android, iPhone, and almost all other mobile platforms, these HTML images are not downloaded automatically. Unfortunately, a series of Windows Phone 7 screen shots grabbed by Herm’s software reveals the presence of those unsightly image placeholders and the dreaded “This message will be downloaded next time you connect” warning. Though it may be hard to believe, Microsoft, in the interest of security, is apparently continuing to neuter these HTML emails.
Before we start ranting up and down and wagging our finger at big, bad Microsoft, we want to know what you think. Will this feature alienate prospective WP7 adopters or will the masses be thankful for Microsoft’s built-in protection?
[Via Mobility Digest]