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Copy/paste finally arrives for Windows Phone 7

Although Microsoft had some initial problems with its “pre-update” for first major Windows Phone 7 operating system upgrade, the company is now ready to move forward and deliver the goods to customers. That means that WP7 users can now enjoy copy/paste, faster multitasking, and a plethora of tiny tweaks here and there.

Here is the full changelog from Microsoft:

Copy & paste. You asked for it—now it's here. Just tap a word and drag the arrows to copy and paste it on your phone. You can copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. To learn more, see Copy & paste. 

Faster apps and games. Nobody likes to wait. That's why we've whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It's all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

Better Marketplace search. We've streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the Apps or Games section of Marketplace and you'll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the Music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

Other Marketplace improvements. We've improved the stability of Marketplace while you download apps. We've also improved the experience of downloading apps larger than 20 megabytes, upgrading from trial apps to paid apps, using a credit card with an address outside the United States, sharing links to apps via email, sorting Xbox LIVE games by release date, and creating an Xbox LIVE account from within the Games Hub.

Wi-Fi improvements. We now display your phone's Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings. (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering. To learn more, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.) We've also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you've stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.

Outlook improvements. We've improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync, and working with email display names that contain brackets (for example, "David Alexander [Contoso]"). 

Messaging improvements. We've improved the experience of receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages if your phone uses a PIN-locked SIM. 

Facebook integration. We've improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts.

Camera improvements. We've improved the stability of switching between camera and video modes. 

Audio improvements. We've improved the experience of using a Bluetooth headset to make calls when you're playing music or videos.

Other performance improvements. This month's update also includes software from several phone manufacturers that improves the performance of specific models. Naturally, if you don't have one of the affected models, we won't install this portion of the update on your phone. 

The updates are being rolled out to customers now, and your phone will prompt you when the update is available. You will then need to connect your smartphone to your computer to complete the update.

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So what is it missing now?
By stm1185 on 3/22/2011 9:06:51 PM , Rating: 3
Besides lacking thousands of obscure apps and Wifi Hotspot functionality what else is MS missing in WP7?

I really liked playing with one at a best buy and when I can justify the cost I might buy one over an Android phone, but I am curious as to what I might miss out on.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By B3an on 3/22/2011 9:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
WP7 is lacking hardware. All WP7 phones seem to have the same basic obsolete hardware - Old single core Snapdragon SoC and the same underpowered GPU. None of the phones are that nice looking either.

If there was a WP7 phone with hardware and looks like the Galaxy S2 or even the Optimus 2X then i would instantly buy one.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Breakfast Susej on 3/22/2011 10:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia could give them some real quality hardware.

Or Nokia could go down in flames, but then Nokia was pretty much going to go down in flames on it's existing path anyway.

Still I would have to say I would have rather seen some awesome Nokia android handsets. How nice would that be? A top quality Nokia device running gingerbread and preferably unlocked. I know, dream on right.

The Nokia / Microsoft thing is pretty much make or break for Nokia, but Microsoft can just sit back and shrug their shoulders if phone 7 is a failure. Such is life when dealing with a multi faceted corporation like Microsoft that can sit on it's bread and butter and play around with things like a smartphone OS.

Or like the defunct Zune hardware.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Omega215D on 3/23/2011 8:58:59 AM , Rating: 3
If MS made a Windows Phone 7 that looks like the Zune HD then I am sold. Of course that is if it was made available to Verizon Wireless... or Sprint... and made to be a world phone for those rare times I'm out of the country.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Sazar on 3/22/2011 10:22:03 PM , Rating: 5
It really depends how you look at it.

On the surface, yes, the hardware is not the latest. On the flip-side though, the OS itself is THE smoothest on the market, even smoother than iOS. Android phones currently have the best hardware but the overall interface just doesn't have the fit and finish of the 1st gen WinMo 7 devices.

Essentially, outside of some of the newer games on the market, the hardware in WinMo phones doesn't matter as there is a standard and all the devices work well. There will be updates undoubtedly, but it's not like the hardware is holding back the software here.

Also, regarding the looks of the phone, the Dell Venue Pro has received rave reviews for it's overall looks, fit and finish and it's keyboard and screen. There are other WinMo devices that have also received great reviews. You appear to be very selective in your remembering here :)

RE: So what is it missing now?
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/23/2011 5:51:40 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty much. WP7 on Snapdragon or iOS on A4 is much smoother than Android on the technically faster Hummingbird. Fast hardware doesn't mean much is the software doesn't take advantage of it. Even the Atrix is choppy, which is disappointing given the hardware in it.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By B3an on 3/23/2011 10:55:28 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah i agree that it's the smoothest UI, and most polished as well. But i would still like better hardware, and i know this is putting off many people. The market for high-end phones is massive, look how well Android and iPhone 4 does here. Once MS add the remaining functionality the hardware will then be the main thing holding it back.

With the Dell Venue Pro - it's just too thick, large and heavy. It's a massive phone. And regardless of how good it looks this will put off many. I've seen every WP7 phone and theres not one that truly nails many of the things people look for with looks, and if they come close they're either too big and heavy. There needs to be a physical phone design thats as stylish and clean as the OS, which actually stands out like the OS does as well.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By stm1185 on 3/22/2011 11:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
With Android then you can buy more frequently as the platform gives more freedom for hardware upgrades to the manufacturers. Except I'm only going to buy once every 2 years so I just have to buy in at the refresh time. Like not buying an iPhone before its yearly release.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Aloonatic on 3/23/2011 5:31:59 AM , Rating: 2
With MS playing (market share) catch-up, they probably want to do all they can to make their phones as cheap as possible.

Yes, a few people will want to pay a premium for a phone with WP7 on it, but may wont want ot take the risk on something they don't know if they are spending a lot, and might just stick to what they are familiar with from Apple or Android.

If they can make (or get others to make) single core 1GHz WP7 phones and sell them at about the same price as Android 500 or 800 MHz phones, then they might just gain some market share.

Sure, make some high-end phones (well, let other people) but don't abandon the value end of the smart phone market, which IMHO is where they should be focussing now.

It would do them no harm to have a kick-ass phone out there being made by someone, of course, I just don't see it as a major priority for them at the moment.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By NellyFromMA on 3/23/2011 10:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
Obsolete? Really...? I think the hardware is working fine for many. Just because its not cutting-edge doesn't mean its obsolete. Is my HTC Incredible obsolete because its not the latest phone? I think many would doubt that...

In case you haven't noticed, phones are going to start being teired devices. Not everyone needs/wants multiple cores, they want cheaper phones with acceptable functionality...

RE: So what is it missing now?
By PrezWeezy on 3/23/2011 7:56:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention battery life? Those dual core CPU's come at a cost.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By alexsch8 on 3/23/2011 7:37:32 AM , Rating: 2
I am an iPhone user but recently helped someone setup their Samsung Windows phone. I like the interface and the effects but I was extremely surprised that there was no direct Outlook sync, i.e. syncing your contacts, calendar and tasks. You have to have a free online Microsoft email account (, etc.) and import your data to that. No more Outlook notes either, you have to import that to the online OneNote system.

I find that unacceptable. I consult small business users that have thousands of contacts in their Outlook and the export to was a nightmare using the Outlook connector.

I believe it is similar with Android but I haven't tried it.

Since BlackBerry has discontinued the BlackBerry Bold 9700 I have many users wanting to make the switch to a smartphone but not the BlackBerry Torch. From my experience I can only recommend the iPhone for a smooth migration.

By damianrobertjones on 3/23/2011 7:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
We have a whole load of WM7 devices here that work well with Outlook... as in ... Exchange.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Pessimism on 3/23/2011 10:35:52 AM , Rating: 2
The 9700 was discontinued because it was replaced with the 9780. Double the memory and a better camera but otherwise identical. No need to get the Torch. 9700s are also plentiful secondhand on ebay/kijiji/craigslist with light wear for ~$250

RE: So what is it missing now?
By cpeter38 on 3/23/2011 11:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
It only works if you have access to the exchange server. If the server sits behind a firewall, there is no physical way to access the e-mail, calendar, notes, etc. I did not want to own an iPhone, but the only other choice was a blackberry with an additional $15/month blackberry enterprise service fee :-(

RE: So what is it missing now?
By PrezWeezy on 3/23/2011 7:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
If your exchange server DOESN'T sit behind a firewall you're doing it wrong.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Da W on 3/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: So what is it missing now?
By InvertMe on 3/23/2011 12:18:55 PM , Rating: 3
I have no problems sorting my apps. There must be something wrong with you if that's an issue.

I have never had my phone freeze EVER and I use it for about 4 or 5 hours a day emailing, listening to music, taking pictures, sending texts and playing games.

I don't live in Canada but that would suck not having Zunepass.

RE: So what is it missing now?
By Molondo on 3/23/2011 9:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still missing copy/paste after this update. Am i suppose to do something to activate the updates?

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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