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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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probably not a smart move
By superPC on 3/18/2010 5:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
hmmm if they planed to include copy paste (or multitasking) from the start and just don't have enough time to make it work in time for the release than this is really a rock and a hard place situation for them. saying copy paste or multitasking will be supported later would cause people to hold off from buying the hardware. delaying it would give time for microsoft competitor to eat away more of win mo market. if they want to ship it incomplete (without copy paste or multitask) the only way to do it is to say that feature is undesirable. in the end i think it's better if microsoft just take the fermi road. show/give preview of all the feature to undercut the competition and release it when it's ready.

RE: probably not a smart move
By Proton on 3/19/2010 7:01:38 AM , Rating: 2
All of the Windows Phone 7 devices will be software upgradeable from Microsoft.
Unlike current devices that leaves upgrading to the manufacturers whim, Microsoft is taking charge and 'owning' the upgrade capabilities of the Windows Phone 7 operating system.
You will not have to buy a newer Phone 7 to get the newer upgrades.

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