And given how Microsoft routinely breaks the promises Ballmer makes in the mobile space, I can't help but believe that when Windows Phone 7 does get multitasking, HTML5 support, and cut and paste, it will not deliver to the standard of the competition.
I'm all for admitting mistakes and expecting to be forgiven, as long as the actual mistake is addressed and not repeated. Maybe this time Ballmer means what he says and Microsoft will deliver on it this fall. But with its track record, I wouldn't bet on it.
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