Windows Phone 7, the latest mobile operating system version from Microsoft, comes to the market with support for push notifications, though it appears that the feature was limited to a number of only 15 applications.
Push notification is one of the functionalities that enables Windows Phone 7 devices to deliver the latest news, updates and notifications to their owners while reducing the need for multi-tasking in the OS
Basically, this is the feature behind Windows Phone 7
's capability to enable its users to stay up to date at a glance, without having to spend too much time with the mobile phone in their hand.
However, it appears that only a number of 15 applications running on Windows Phone 7 can take advantage of this functionality, something that both developers and users should be aware of.
Microsoft has focused the marketing campaign for Windows Phone 7
specifically on the Live Tiles that the operating system puts on each mobile phone's homescreen.
Applications can use live tiles too, but only a number of 15 of them would benefit from access to this feature. Reportedly
, as soon as a 16th one is installed, an “InvalidOperationException(Channel quota exceeded)” error is displayed.
When taking into consideration the fact that Windows Phone 7
should heavily rely on this functionality, it comes rather as a surprise that Microsoft chose to put the 15 apps limit in place.
Undoubtedly, one would be able to easily put in place more than just 15 applications that take advantage of this functionality, though, considering the fact that the total number of mobile applications available for Windows Phone 7 is small, it might take a while before the need for additional channels in felt.
Most probably, Microsoft
will have a closer look at this issue as well, and would either offer a tool that enables the management of applications that require push notifications, or it would increase the number of channels available for these live tiles.