No Windows Phone 7 copy-and-paste until early 2011
Microsoft formally unveiled its new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system on Monday, boasting integration with signature offerings like Xbox, Zune and Bing as well as a Start screen touting active and configurable interface elements (or "tiles") that update with real-time information like social media alerts. What Windows Phone 7 doesn't offer, at least for now: Cut, copy and paste functionality, viewed as a must-have feature by many consumers--remember the outcry over its absence from early incarnations of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS?--and a curious omission given WP7's emphasis on Office applications and social media interaction.
CNet reports Microsoft will introduce cut-and-paste to Windows Phone 7 in early 2011, adding that while the feature was never high on the software giant's own priorities list, backlash during consumer test results changed its mind. Windows Phone 7 does include Microsoft's "smart links" feature, which automatically highlights information like email addresses or website URLs to facilitate information sharing and media access.
Microsoft will launch Windows Phone 7 across nine new smartphones manufactured by partners Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung. Windows Phone Engineering corporate vice president Terry Myerson recently said WP7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform that Microsoft has ever released, subjected to nearly 10,000 devices running automated tests daily as well as more than 500,000 hours of active self-hosting use, more than 3.5 million hours of stress test passes and 8.5 million hours of fully automated test passes.
For more on WP7 copy-and-paste:
- read this CNet article