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Mar 14 2011   10:08AM GMT

Windows Phone 7 Copy/Paste Leaves Something To Be Desired

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Windows Phone 7 appears to be a very capable platform. The highly anticipated copy/paste functionality, though, may not be all it’s cracked up to be according to initial feedback.

Tom Warren reports on the WinRumors blog that the copy/paste function in Windows Phone 7 is not easy to use–making it something that will just frustrate users and probably won’t get much use. Warren explains, “I had troubles getting the copy dialog box to surface on multiple occasions and it seems to respond randomly to various means of tapping on the screen. Copying isn’t always copying either, pictures do not copy despite being selectable. I tested copy and paste in native Windows Phone applications to ensure this wasn’t an experience broken by a third party. All-in-all copy and paste feels rushed and like an afterthought from Microsoft, it could be a lot better.”

Apple originally lacked copy and paste in iOS, and it already survived the user backlash and eventually implemented it. Microsoft–while it was sitting on the sideline–should have watched rival smartphone platforms and learned from their mistakes. Not including copy/paste at launch and claiming it will be added in an update is like introducing a new car without a seatbelts and letting users know that you plan to install them very soon.

Microsoft took a gamble by sitting on the smartphone sideline for so long while scrapping Windows Mobile and starting over from scratch to develop Windows Phone 7. The result is an innovative mobile OS that brings something new to the table rather than just offering yet another “me too” copycat version of Apple’s iPhone, or iOS.

However, even after the long wait there are parts of Windows Phone 7 that seem unpolished, or just not finished at all. Maybe copy/paste version 2 will come in some future update and make things better.

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