Windows Phone 7 Series won't cut and paste

— 6:00 AM on March 17, 2010

One would think that after all the flak Apple caught for taking years to add cut and paste support to the iPhone, others wouldn't make the same mistake. But one should never underestimate Microsoft. Engadget has confirmed that the new Windows Phone 7 Series won't have cut and paste functionality. Seriously.

We just super-double-ultra-plus-confirmed this with Microsoft -- Windows Phone 7 Series will not have copy and paste functionality. 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. We... respectfully disagree? Sure, let's leave it at that.

Ironically, Windows Phone 7's predecessor, Windows Mobile, has offered clipboard functionality for years. Microsoft apparently didn't deem the feature important enough to include in its reboot of the cell phone platform.

The decision to exclude a clipboard from Windows Phone 7 is all the more puzzling considering that Palm's webOS and Google's Android operating systems both incorporate cut and paste functionality. BlackBerry devices can do cut and paste, too. Microsoft seems content to be pushing the only smartphone OS that can't. You can read more about what the Windows Phone 7 Series can do here.

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