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Microsoft may be turning its back on copy and paste right now, but istartedsomething.com 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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Good to see old paper-clip back
By Aloonatic on 3/18/2010 5:56:00 PM , Rating: 5
MS should have employed his services when they were forced to bring about the browser ballot.

"I see you are trying to connect to the internet, would you like to consider these alternative browsers?"

Everyone who saw it would have rolled their eyes, then instinctively clicked cancel before they'd bothered reading passed "I see you are...", MS would have (technically) fore filled their obligation to the EU, and everyone here could have calmed down and kept their blood pressure low regarding the whole issue. :-D




By Omega215D on 3/18/2010 9:09:35 PM , Rating: 3
Clippy: I see you are trying to copy & paste. Would you like to use a pen and paper instead?

Clippy should go bother the execs at MS. "I see you are acting like Apple when launching a new phone. Wouldn't you rather include more stuff than they did?"


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