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Windows Phone 7 to lack copy and paste

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Tue March 16, 2010

Feature to be missing from initial handsets

Microsoft at its MIX10 event admitted the Windows Phone 7 platform will lack support for clipboard operations, according to Engadget. The comments may be a surprise to many, as copy and paste functionality has been available on previous generations of Windows Mobile software.

The iPhone had been criticized for lacking copy and paste, as clipboard features were only added last year with the v3.0 firmware update. Many users had been frustrated with the inability to simply transfer text between applications.

Despite the lack of copy/paste in the first Windows Phone 7 release, Microsoft is already said to be considering several enhancements to the software.

By Electronista Staff


  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002


    my guess is

    we'll hear hardly a peep from the apologists. they'll either try to keep it mum or push the "it's not that big a deal" view.

  1. ASIMO

    Mac Elite

    Joined: May 2002



    Because that's what the many an iphone apologists said about copy-paste on the iphone, too.

    - ASIMO, iphone 3G user

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005


    I'm just waiting for the firestorm....

    ...of outraged Windows users over this glaring oversight.... huh? Silence?

    Obviously, it took Apple 2 years to deliver copy and paste -- therefore, it will take Microsoft the same amount of time to do the same.... except that their implementation will be a joke.

    Either that, or copy'n'paste is no big deal on a platform that very few people will use.

  1. Kees

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2001



    MS sure takes their copying seriously, flaws and all no less...

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000


    Come on Microsoft

    You're taking the "Get your copy machines ready" mantra a little bit too seriously.

    Are they leaving out MMS too?

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2009


    They are EXACTLY duplicating the iPhone

    So, end-users can expect to have copy/paste functionality added to the third release of Windows Phone...I guess version 9?

    At least everybody will have 3 years notice of exactly what features MS will add to Window Phone...

  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008


    I give

    I give Microsoft an A+ and copying Apple perfectly. hahaha

    Actually its really hard to implement copy and paste on a full touch screen UI. MS is actually trying to copy it from Apple without making it too obvious and getting sued.

  1. barryjaylevine

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2003


    I've used it...

    ...and, on Windows Mobile 6, it sucked and wasn't worth the effort.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    It's a toy!

    So any Windows Phone 7 is thus not a serious business phone and is only just a toy. That's what I heard from complainers when the original iPhone didn't have it...3 years ago!

    Seriously, how are you going to effectively use those promoted Office apps on the phone w/out cut & paste?!!


  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    I was extremely disappointed

    when I heard the iPhone didn't have it (moons ago), and I'm baffled that Microsoft has made the same stupid decision to release without it.

    I only acquired an iPhone after they added the functionality. It was that important. It's a case of releasing an unfinished product, for both companies.

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