One of the vocal problems users would have with Windows Phone 7 was accidentally hitting the “Bing Button” (the search button). You could be happily in the middle of playing a game, you get into an intense part of a level and then… you accidentally touch the capacitive search button, you are dropped out of your game, and it then takes 30 seconds for the game to reload itself.

In 2011, Long Zheng ( put forward a proposal for “a more accident-friendly WP7 search button”.

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With the recent announcements from Microsoft that existing handsets will not be upgradable to the WP8 OS, and the realisation that everyone will need to purchase new handsets anyway, is this the perfect chance for Microsoft to take another look at the infamous Bing Button?

By David Burela