Microsoft has taken a very Apple-esque approach to the development and launch of Windows Phone 7. Now, before anyone tears into me in the comments with some crazy knee-jerk response, think about it for a second. Developed in the utmost of secrecy? Check. Closed-wall app store? Check. Minimalist user interface? Check. Apple also has a tendency to speak out against things that their product doesn’t do (Steve Jobs, January 16th 2008: “People don’t read anymore!” Steve Jobs, January 27th 2010: “Hey guys! Check out the iPad!”), all whilst secretly working on it behind closed doors.
If the latest rumor to come out of Internetsville rings true, it looks like Microsoft is taking the same approach with Copy and Paste in Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft already told us waaaay back in February that there would be no Copy/Paste in WP7 – but now that they’ve confirmed it, everyone’s flipping out. Every blogger within reach of their MacBook Pro shot off an e-mail to Microsoft asking for more details, and they essentially told everyone the same thing: No, we’re not working on copy and paste.
Well, at least one guy is saying that’s not the case. Long Zheng of istartsomething is saying that someone “close to the den” (i.e someone at Microsoft) has shared the low-down on copy/paste with him: Yes, it’s coming — they’re just not sure how to implement it yet.
Of course, rumors like this are bound to happen. Holographic sex robots are coming eventually – they’re just not sure how to make them yet. In this case, however, it seems likely that we’ll see it sooner than later; Microsoft has supported copy/paste in past releases, and much of their word-editing, enterprise-emailin’ userbase relies on it.