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 →
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.
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.