Windows Phone 7 is going to be a complete re-vamp of Microsoft’s operating system for smartphones. One of the features getting axed is the ability to copy a piece of text and then paste it somewhere else.
The lack of copy and paste isn’t a rumor, as Microsoft announced it this week at a developer conference.
This isn’t an accidental omission or a feature that will be added later. According to Todd Brix from the Windows Phone team, “It’s actually an intentional design decision. We try to anticipate what the user wants so copy and paste isn’t necessary.”
This operating system will give users some limited options for moving around a few types of text. If the user clicks on a phone number embedded in an email, he can automatically copy it into his address book, for example. But Windows Mobile’s robust support for copy and paste will be a thing of the past.
Deja Vu All Over Again
Microsoft isn’t the first to try leaving this feature out of a new mobile operating system: the first couple of iterations of the iPhone OS lacked copy and paste. This didn’t work out well for Apple, and after years of customer complaints and jibes from competitors, this feature was finally added to iPhone OS 3.0.
Microsoft could be setting itself to go through the same process.
More about Windows Phone 7
Despite its name, Microsoft’s next smartphone operating system is going to have little in common with its predecessors. It will have a completely different user interface and won’t run applications written for the earlier versions nor will any current models be upgradeable.
Its focus has moved to consumers, and its UI emphasizes social networking, pictures, games, etc. It has also been redesigned to be controlled with a fingertip.
Just about the only significant similarity between old and new is that both include Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.