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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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Won't be added to actual phones for many months.
By DudemanX on 3/18/2010 6:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that phones aren't PCs which can run Windows Update a few weeks after release and install the patch. You're going to have to wait the weeks or months it takes to create the new version 7.1 or whatever that has copy and paste. Then unless you're big into using hacked ROMs on your phone(not most people) you have to wait until Verizon, Sprint, or whomever your provider is to release their new ROMs for their particular phones. This will take many months. Look at all the Android phones out there still running 1.5 or 1.6 with the carriers promising from months now that they'll get 2.1 ROMs released eventually. Microsoft could have a copy/paste update released just a week after these phones hit the market yet most people won't see it on their phone 'till months later if ever.

They should take the time to make sure it's in the release version, downplay the need for it, or just tell people to wait for 7.1 or 7.5 phones.

By Laitainion on 3/18/2010 10:03:33 PM , Rating: 2
From what I've read elsewhere (think it was on winsupersite) Microsoft's taking over the update process themselves, leaving only the modem drivers to the networks so in theory at least it should work just like updating a Windows PC does today. Only time will tell if this is the case though.

By dagamer34 on 3/19/2010 1:05:37 AM , Rating: 2
The reason Android is fragmented is because Google has no control over updating non "with Google" phones which run custom version of Android.

Since every version of Windows Phone 7 Series will be running the same software (no custom UIs allowed), I don't think they'll be running into that problem.

And to be honest, basically writing a brand new OS (on top of Windows CE, to be 100% accurate) takes a lot of time and effort. Better to have a few things done well at launch than rush a product with tons of features that clearly wasn't ready for market.

By kmmatney on 3/19/2010 5:06:24 AM , Rating: 2
So, WInCE never had copy/paste?

By omnicronx on 3/19/2010 11:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
Please stop pretending like WinMo 7 is going to be anything like its predessessors. MS has already flat out stated that they will be in control of the update process, and will have OTA updates just like everyone else. It will not be up to the carriers.

There was a reason that Microsoft laid out specific hardware requirements for WinMo7, it gives the far more control than Android has over its handset makers. Its far more likely that the WinMo7 experience will be much closer to that of Apple and Palm, where they release a common update for the platform.

This is one place where I feel Android has been left behind, it still gives the carriers far too much control.

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