Seems silly to remove such a basic function.. I mean why p-o people. No one will complain if its left in there but a hole bunch of people will complain if you remove it.
TKG26: That's not the case at all.
I think this whole thing is being taken out of context. They didn't just remove it because they thought that would be a fun thing to do. They've re-written the OS from the ground up (as mentioned already) and they actually do think it will be part of Windows Phone 7 Series but *maybe* not by launch time or not in the full capacity by launch time.
Although everyone's debating the usefulness of it in this thread, I personally have not found a single person that I know personally who's actually used it on the iPhone. (My 2 cents on that)
And the story with background tasks is the same thing. It will be there to whatever degree that can provide by launch time.
Microsoft is very in tune with Apple and the history of the iPhone and what things people did and didn't like and they're not trying to repeat history unneccessarily. But the truth is ask any person what they thing of Microsoft OS's and most of them will talk about instability and crashes. So MS doesn't want to rush out any features (cut&paste or background tasks) too quickly and add unstability to the new OS. They're trying to correct their reputation, not further it.
Plus since they have tighter control of the devices and device specifications they'll be able to push out updates more rapidly. (Unlike WM which had like none.)
Research some of Paul Thourault's (or however the heck you spell his name) comments on this. He's got quite a close relationship with the developers and program managers as he's preparing his book on Windows Phone 7 Series for them for launch time.
The more accurate title of this thread would be: "Some features like cut&paste may or may not be fully implemented in the OS for the initial launch and may reach their full potentials with post launch updates".