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Microsoft may be turning its back on copy and paste right now, but says that there just wasn't enough time to have it in place for launch

Microsoft's decision not include true multitasking or copy/paste on shipping version of Windows Phone 7 Series have sparked quite a bit of discussion around the internet in the past few days. The copy/paste drama has been an especially thorny topic. On the one side, you have people saying that it's a travesty considering that Apple, Palm, RIM, and Google support the feature. On the other side, you have people saying that it isn't a big deal and that copy/paste should be relegated to the desktop/notebook realm.

In fact, previous reports suggest that Microsoft agrees with the latter group. Microsoft's Todd Brix says that copy/paste just isn't a big deal to the general consumer. Brix said that the the lack of copy/paste is a "conscious decision" and that “smart linking” (clickable web address, phone numbers, email address, etc.) is all that is needed for the majority of smartphone users. Brix even says that copy/paste on a smartphone platform isn't even needed for mobile Office applications.

Despite Microsoft seemingly bold stance on the issue of copy/paste right now, istartedsomething reports that it indeed will be coming some time after the release of Windows Phone 7 Series. Sources close to istartedsomething report that the Windows Phone 7 Series team wanted to have the feature included from the start, but launching the operating system by the end of the 2010 wouldn't have been a possibility if too much energy devoted to make it work properly.

It took Apple two years to bring copy/paste to the iPhone platform -- hopefully, Microsoft won't take nearly that long to introduce the feature.

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Is Copy/Paste that hard of a feature to implement?
By Bateluer on 3/18/2010 5:33:46 PM , Rating: 4
Honestly, this functionality exists in the earlier, most primitive GUI systems. Even most command line interfaces support some variant of a copy command. Why is it so hard to implement on a mobile phone?

I copy and past URLs and information all the time, not having it on my Droid would be extremely restrictive.

By PAPutzback on 3/18/2010 5:38:34 PM , Rating: 3
Might as well drop word, onenote, and SMS if they think we don't require manipulating text.

By superPC on 3/18/2010 5:49:26 PM , Rating: 3 it has a form of copy paste build in. it's just not implemented. they're still searching for a better way to copy paste that fit with the overall metro theme.

By Justin Time on 3/18/2010 6:22:51 PM , Rating: 3
For mine, the issue is getting cut & paste to be an easy and natural process on a touch device, and that might be taking them a while to get right.

Apple sure didn't get it right... and it didn't take long before I was discouraged from using it any more.

Previous Win/CE etc used a stylus, and that makes cut & paste a fairly natural fit... but once you start using your fingers for the interaction... it all gets very ugly.

I suspect it's better to leave it out and get it right, than to release yet another clunky solution, like on the iPhone or 'droid.

By Brandon Hill on 3/18/2010 6:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
I've never found it to be a hindrance with my iPhone. I just zoom in to make the text larger and then copy. Rarely does it ever get in the way.

By MadMan007 on 3/18/2010 6:50:45 PM , Rating: 2
the issue is getting cut & paste to be an easy and natural process on a touch device

Having to zoom to copy&paste might not qualify as a hindrance to you but it doesn't quite match up with the above quote either.

By Brandon Hill on 3/18/2010 7:00:10 PM , Rating: 4
Well, as opposed to the alternative -- getting off my ass to go open up my laptop and copy/paste there. And that's if my laptop is even in the vicinity :)

That being said, double tapping to zoom, then tapping and holding to copy/paste does seem pretty natural to me. I guess some people just don't like it.

By kmmatney on 3/19/2010 5:05:14 AM , Rating: 2
I agree - if you can zoom its not so bad. There are some applications where you can't zoom, and then its more difficult. Overall, the copy/paste works pretty well on the iPhone, though.

By Bateluer on 3/19/2010 9:08:28 AM , Rating: 2
Its fairly easy on Android. Long tap on the text you want to copy and select Copy*(All, Word, Line, etc). Long tap where you want to paste it and select paste. Easy.

By amagriva on 3/19/2010 8:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
good job....

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