At its Mix10 conference this week, Microsoft revealed that
its upcoming Windows
OS will not offer copy / paste functionality. Instead, Microsoft
hopes to predict when you would use such functionality and offer a single-tap
"Windows Phone 7 Series will not initially offer
copy-and-paste; instead, we try to solve the most common uses for
copy-and-paste via single-tap action," says Casey McGee, a senior
marketing manager in Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business group.
"For example, people often want to take an address and view it on a map,
highlight a term in the browser, and do a search or copy a phone number to make
a call. Instead of the user manually doing a copy and paste in these scenarios,
we recognize those situations automatically and make them happen with just one
touch. In our early testing, people have been pleased with this approach, but
we’re always listening to feedback and will continue to improve our feature set
over time based on what we hear."
won't offer copy/paste functions, Casey did say developers are free to
implement copy-and-paste functionality in their own applications. Considering
current versions of Windows Mobile have copy and paste functions, this recent
announcement from Microsoft seems like a step backwards. As you'll recall, the
first two versions of the iPhone
did not offer OS-level copy and paste. Finally, iPhone OS 3.0 added this
functionality in July 2009. Here's hoping Windows Phone 7 doesn't follow Apple
on this one and take three iterations of the OS to re-implement copy and paste.