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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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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.

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