Microsoft releases its first Windows Phone 7 update (no copy/paste support)

By on February 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM.

Microsoft releases its first Windows Phone 7 update (no copy/paste support)

Microsoft on Monday announced that its first software update for the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system is now available. Unfortunately, this is not the update most users have been waiting for — it does not include the exciting updates Microsoft has been dangling over users’ heads such as third-party multitasking support and better state-saving. In fact, it doesn’t even include support for copy/paste functionality. From Microsoft’s blog:

This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.

Users will be notified of the update on their devices, and they will need to connect their phones to a Mac or Windows PC in order to install the new software. More →

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Windows Phone 7 update packing copy and paste coming in March?

By on February 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM.

Windows Phone 7 update packing copy and paste coming in March?

In December, rumors suggested that the first major update to Windows Phone 7 — the one bringing copy and paste — would drop sometime in January. When the days in January started to dwindle, the date moved to February. Now, with one-third of February gone, the latest batch of fodder points towards early March; the 8th of March to be exact. According to sources from both Neowin and ZDNet, that’s precisely when Microsoft will be releasing the highly anticipated update to WP7. As you can image, we’re pretty skeptical, but it has to be released sooner or later… right?

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Microsoft publishes details of first Windows Phone 7 update

By on February 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM.

Microsoft publishes details of first Windows Phone 7 update

While Microsoft neglected to supply an answer to the one question on every Windows Phone 7 user’s mind — when? — the Redmond giant has finally published details surrounding the imminent first update for its new mobile operating system. Jibing with earlier rumors, Microsoft’s first WP7 update will not be the huge patch once expected. Instead, it will bring one major feature everyone has been waiting for — cut/copy/paste functionality — alongside some minor feature updates and maintenance. Changes highlighted by Microsoft include copy/paste, of course, along with speedier app launching and switching, as well as a repaired Marketplace search function that will no longer populate music when users search for apps. Expect the update to address the Yahoo! email superfluous data bug as well. More →

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New Windows Phone 7 update details emerge

By on January 4, 2011 at 6:22 PM.

New Windows Phone 7 update details emerge

Web-famous Windows watcher Paul Thurrott has come forward with new details surrounding a pair of upcoming updates for Microsoft’s mobile platform. Some details jibe with earlier reports, while others are definitely news to us. According to Thurrott, two major updates are due this year. The first, dubbed “NoDo” (possibly short for “No Donuts” — mocking Android’s Donut update, which may have been perceived as minor), will find its way to end users some time in early February. Among the features to be found in NoDo are the “copy and paste functional addition, support for the Qualcomm 7×30 smart phone chipset, a CDMA location stack, and a number of software fixes.” Later in the year, we’ll see another update currently called “Mango” internally, which will apparently bring “Internet Explorer 9 with with the Trident 5 rendering engine, HTML 5 and Silverlight, and gesture support.” Mango may include some some new entertainment features as well. More →

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Windows Phone 7 copy / paste captured on video

By on December 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM.

Windows Phone 7 copy / paste captured on video

Reports of a Windows Phone 7 OS update trickling out to developer phones first surfaced over the weekend. As part of that update, it looks like a very highly anticipated feature has finally made its way to Windows Phones — copy/paste. Microsoft admitted months before Windows Phone 7 launched that it would have to omit copy/paste functionality from the release version of its new mobile OS, but it also said an early update would add the feature. Thankfully, it looks like Microsoft will be true to its word and its first OS update with copy/paste in tow appears to be imminent. Unfortunately, however, it also looks like rumors from last month suggesting Microsoft’s first Windows Phone 7 update would be “massive” are false, as this first update is reportedly rather minor aside from the addition of copy/paste. Hit the break to see a video of copy/paste in action on a Windows Phone 7-powered developer phone. More →

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Copy and paste coming to Windows Phone 7 ‘in a matter of weeks’

By on November 5, 2010 at 8:27 AM.

Copy and paste coming to Windows Phone 7 ‘in a matter of weeks’

Lending a tremendous amount of credibility to rumors that Windows Phone 7 would receive copy and paste functionality in January, a Microsoft executive has commented on the impending arrival of feature. In a blog post, Microsoft’s Director of Microsoft Project Arpan Shah said the following while addressing critics of Windows Phone 7:

Critics have commented on the lack of specific features like copy & paste and lack of 100s of thousands of applications. And while both are true, copy & paste will be available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011) and as for applications, it’s just a matter of time.

We’re still eight weeks away from the end of 2010, so we doubt Shah would have used the phrase “a matter of weeks” if the time line stretched beyond the end of January.

[Via Windows Phone Central] More →

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Copy / Paste Coming Soon to an iPhone Near You, Sort of

By on July 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM.

Copy / Paste Coming Soon to an iPhone Near You, Sort of

Keeping with the iPhone app theme, you’ve been living on Mars if you haven’t already read about 50,000 blog posts complaining about the lack of copy / paste functionality on the iPhone. Apple’s “iPhone as a business device” commercial has started running regularly now on a variety of networks but the lack of some very basic functionality is going to make for a load of unhappy business users. “You mean I can’t copy text from one email and paste it into another?!?” iPhone app development house Proximi is doing its part however, as it demos what should have been available on the iPhone from day one. MagicPad isn’t magic, it’s common sense. Currently awaiting Apple’s approval for App Store distribution, MagicPad is a note-taking app that includes a handful of basic ‘word processor’ functionality such as the ability to change font size / color and yes, copy / paste functionality. Of course copying and pasting text is limited in this application as you can only copy text within MagicPad and paste it within MagicPad. Hardly a solution or even a band aid for the problem really. In any event, check out the video above and see what it looks like when the iPhone performs a necessary yet missing function that has been around, well, forever.

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