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Mar 27 2011   10:24PM GMT

Windows Phone 7 Gets Copy and Paste (Finally)

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Microsoft finally unleashed the highly-anticipated NoDo update for Windows Phone 7, and with it the even more highly-anticipated copy and paste functionality the mobile platform should have had when it launched.

I can’t say that I rely heavily on the copy and paste functionality on my iPhone. In fact, I rarely use it. But, it is a feature which users expect on a smartphone. The iPhone originally did not have copy and paste either. After complaints and user backlash, though, Apple added the feature two years after the initial iPhone with the release of iOS 3.0.

Meanwhile, Microsoft was sitting on the smartphone sidelines–letting Windows Mobile die a slow death by attrition while it scrapped it all to go back to the drawing board and engineer a completely new mobile OS. That decision–the decision to build Windows Phone 7 from scratch rather than continuing to try and incrementally improve on the shaky foundation of Windows Mobile–was brilliant. But, if you are already sitting out the smartphone game during development, and if you have already delayed the release of your new mobile OS for other reasons, why not just wait another month or two to put the copy and paste functionality in there?

Overall, Windows Phone 7 seems quite capable and I think Microsoft should be commended. It may not threaten to surpass iOS or Android any time soon, but it is a solid mobile platform that should earn its fair share of the smartphone pie. I just think it was silly to launch such a major platform hobbled out of the gate by something as silly as copy and paste functionality.

It has it now, though. So…hooray! Any Windows Phone 7 users out there? I’m interested for feedback on the platform in general, and your initial thoughts on the copy and paste functionality. Was it worth the wait?

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