Windows Phone 7 Series doesn’t have Copy and Paste

In a surprising move from Microsoft [MSFT] it turns out that Windows Phone 7 Series will not have copy and paste (ie, a clipboard function). Microsoft have always offered this capability for as long as I can remember on mobile devices but for now users will not be able to move or copy text around between applications, or within a document.

Reasons for this are as follows… “There is a data-detection service built into the text-handling API that will recognize phone numbers and addresses, but Microsoft says most users, including Office users, don’t really need clipboard functionality.”

I can’t say I agree with most users not using clipboard functions. Although I use that feature a lot more on my computer, I still have a need for it on my phone.

I’m sure it will change over time as new updates happen, but it’s a rather odd thing to miss out of a new operating system build if you ask me.

A number of items were taken out of the new operating system built with Microsoft working slowly at adding them back. That said, the phones we will see in the holiday season running the OS won’t be having copy/paste.

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