Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re aware that the first set of Windows Phone 7 models was unveiled this week. Generally speaking, I like Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, but there’s one feature that notably absent: cut, copy, and paste.
The good news is that Microsoft says it’s going to add this early next year. The bad news is that it is launching a new operating system without an important feature. The fact that it left out something so basic seems like a sign that Microsoft is out of touch with what users want.
Imagine a auto company that introduced a new line of cars in which the windows can’t be opened, and when asked about this, the company said “According to our research, a majority of drivers rarely roll the windows down, so we decided to leave this feature out.”
True, we don’t cut, copy, and paste every day (or roll down our car windows). But when we want to, it’s very frustrating to not have such a basic feature.
I’m not saying Microsoft should add every possible feature to Windows Phone 7. That was actually one of the problems with Windows Mobile — it was so powerful and feature rich that it was overly complicated, bloated, and full of bugs. I’m OK that the company decided to create a “lean and mean” operating system. But even when you’re cutting something to the bone, you have to stop when you get to the bone.
Some features are critical, and cut-and-paste is on that list; that’s something Microsoft should have known.
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