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That's what I said wasn't it. Asked 6 people with iPhones - 0 of 6 use it. And I've used my WM phone at least 6 days a week for 3 years and I'd estimate I've used cut and paste about once every 3-6 months. However, I'm not here to debate whether people want it or use it.

Point of my post wasn't the requirement but that these features are all coming with Windows Phone 7 (possibly even by the time it does launch) but their priority is on stability and doing as much as they can as best as they can by the launch date and not rushing out crap that wont work and will make the phone crash or the user experience negative.
 

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North of Calgary - I get your point about keeping things simple initially to maximize stability and for a complex feature like multitasking it's a valid point but copy/paste? Really? Microsoft introduced the Clipboard in Windows 3.0 over 20 years ago so I should hope they have the ability to include such a feature with compromising the stability of the whole system.

I think that's more the reason why there's such a backlash over this and the similar one that Apple faced with the initial iPhone. While it likely is true that the vast majority of people rarely (if ever) use the feature, what's the big deal about leaving it in?
 

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Grog thats how i feel. It just seems that its a basic component of any "windows" OS that to not have it just well does not feel right. I do use it often enough that i would miss it..

If its a case of its out right now but it will be back in ASAP while they try to perfect a new OS ok fine, im ok with that.. i dont understand it one bit... but im ok as long as it gets back in there at some point.
 

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Cut-and-paste isn't really used at the 'consumer' level, in my opinion. In the business smartphone level, I think it's a lot more prevalent. Even there, it's not a daily requirement.

That being said, it's probably not that important for WM7, since the business world has pretty much left Windows Mobile to for RIM, etc.
 

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Come on guys this is rediculous. The Mac had it back in 1984 as well but not in the iPhone until iPhone OS 3.1.0. Why do you think that was?

The issue is mostly around the interface and how to selectively get just the text you want through a variety of different applications when using only your fat finger on a small screen. For WM5 and WM6 most phones had a movement device or a stylus. The problem is particularly relevant for 3rd party applications where MS is not controlling the font size, location, or layout. The concern is to not have a negative user experience where people are cursing up and down that they can't highlight and cut just the right text they want from some other vendor's application. Instead the user gets too much or too little and hence it's MS's decision to just say nothing at all instead.

It's not that the programmers don't know how to implement a "clipboard". This comparing it to the Windows desktop OS is getting stupid. Again, Apple had cut and paste in their desktop OSs for 25 years yet took over 2 years to add that to the iPhone!

Let's review the facts here:

* Everyone wants cut and paste (or at least agrees it should be included)
* Microsoft will be adding it
* Microsoft may not be able to add it prior to launch and hence it may be fully, partially, or not at all implemented at launch time
* Microsoft never made a choice to "remove it", they're coming from nothing and it's on their list to add (build)
* Microsoft is not doing this just to piss off people, potential customers or not
* It's Microsoft's own choice as to when to launch this new OS and with what features or functionality
* It's your own choice whether to buy this product or not

The bottom line is: Microsoft is not soo stupid that they don't know iPhone users used to complain about this and it's not because they can't build a "clipboard". They'll add it when they think their software technology is ready. And if you don't like that, then don't buy their phone.

I don't know what else can be said about this.
 
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