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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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WP7 Praise
By InvertMe on 3/23/2011 11:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
I have to take a moment to praise WP7 so please excuse the self serving post...

When I first saw WP7 and it's tile system I thought it had to be the most ugly thing I had ever seen. I had the opportunity to use a very early beta phone and still was not sold.
A year later I got a newer updated phone and while I liked it better I still thought there was no way WP7 would be better than Android or IOS.
Flash forward to a few months ago. I updated my HD2 to run WP7 and after one day with it I can never go back to Android. It's simplicity, cleanness and ease of use coupled with high functionality make it an amazing OS. Android feels like a clunky old OS now comparatively.

What I find the most amusing that the thing I hated the most (the tiles) is the part that completely pulled me in. The active tiles with updating information is just plain awesome.

All WP7 needs now is some updated hardware (not that it really needs it to run smoother than IOS or Android) and a few more high profile apps/features to pull people in and I suspect WP7 will do very well for itself.

I have to move to AT&T for work to pay for my phone and will be picking up a HD7S when it's out. I cannot wait for the nodo update and the HQ screen.

Good times :)




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