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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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As a phone
By Aloonatic on 3/23/2011 8:34:35 AM , Rating: 2
What are WP7 phones actually like to use as a phone?

I know that that is a secondary, or even tertiary issue for some, and I guess that it changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, and network to network but I have used iPhones, and been called by people using them (on different carriers) and they are awful. Almost all calls ending up in me calling them back on a land line if I can.

My HTC Desire (Android 2.2) phone is better, most of the time, but not by a great deal. It still even has problems getting texts away at times.

I know that fundamentals like call quality and ability to text aren't sexy, but it seems that in the rush to make phones little hand held computers, their (arguably) primary function often suffers. (One of the reasons why I think the Nokia move is a good on, they usually build solid handsets for old-fangled things like actually talking to people)

How do WP7 phones fair? I have still yet to meet anyone who has one (UK) so have only had experience with iPhones and Android phones, and can't say that I have been particularly impressed when actually talking to people using them.




RE: As a phone
By InvertMe on 3/23/2011 11:08:04 AM , Rating: 2
I can only relate my experiences you but I am on TMobile with a WP7 phone in the North Eastern US and my service is excellent. I never drop calls, always have top notch voice quality, texts send and are received without issue. I stream netflix and slacker without issue.

I am very sad that AT&T is buying TMobile. TMOs customer service is light years ahead of AT&Ts as is the network in general in my area. I'm being moved to AT&T due to my work anyways so I guess that's a moot point anyways.


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