Microsoft still plans on adding cut-and-paste function to Windows Phone 7 within a number of weeks, according to an executive blog posting.
Microsoft is preparing to deliver a cut-and-paste feature for Windows Phone
7 within the next few weeks, according to an executive blog posting.
"Critics have commented on the lack of specific features like copy
& paste and lack of 100s of thousands of new applications," Arpan
Shah, Microsoft's director for SharePoint, wrote
in a Nov. 4 posting on his corporate blog. "And while both are true,
copy & paste will be available as an update in a matter of weeks (early
2011) and as for applications, it's just a matter of time."
Shah's blog posting suggests the timetable for the feature's addition is
still on track. During the smartphone's Oct. 11 unveiling in New
York City, executives indicated that cut-and-paste
would arrive in early 2011. While early critics focused on that missing
Phone 7's first iteration will also lack support for tethering, Adobe Flash
and full multitasking.
"Microsoft ends up getting a lot of flak for not being quick enough to
market, and while that's fair criticism in certain situations, that doesn't
make it a dying brand," Shah wrote in his posting. Along with Windows
Phone 7, he cited Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 Beta, Bing and Kinect as
examples of Microsoft making its presence more felt in the consumer realm.
One of Windows Phone 7's primary competitors, the Apple iPhone, also lacked
cut-and-paste at launch. Microsoft hopes that its new smartphone platform's
user interface-which involves six subject-specific "Hubs" such as "People"
and "Games"-will allow it to regain market share from not only the
iPhone, but also RIM's BlackBerry franchise and the growing family of Google
Nonetheless, Microsoft executives have repeatedly suggested in speeches over
the past year that the smartphone arena is a dynamic space, one in which their
company can still overcome well-established competitors.
"We're early; there's no question we're early," Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer told an audience during an Oct. 28 speech at the Professional
Developers Conference (PDC), according to
CNNMoney.com. "I think we kind of nailed it. When you see it, you just
During PDC, Ballmer also suggested that
the company would continue to pour resources into its smartphone endeavors. "Make
no mistake about it, we're all in," he reportedly told the audience at one
point. "I get all kinds of questions about 'What if you don't do this or
that,' or blah, blah, blah. Boom, baby, that's what we're going to do."
Windows Phone 7 will make its debut in the U.S.
market Nov. 8, with two devices-the HTC
Surround and Samsung Focus-on AT&T. Meanwhile, reports
indicate that Windows Phone 7 sales are off to a solid start in international
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.