Yes, this apparently isn’t a joke . According to several people attending MIX today, Microsoft revealed that Windows Phone 7 Serieswill not feature a clipboard/copy/paste function when launched later this year. I don’t really know what to think of this other than: “WTH are they thinking?!”. Did the Microsoft rep really say that or was his answer mis-interpreted? More to come… I always though that WP7 will feature such a basic function given that text can be highlighted in the browser (as seen a the screenshot I took using the emulator, you can also see this happening during several live demos posted online).
Update: According to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft told him that the functionality isn’t currently present in WP7 but the plan is to implement it before RTM:
So I was told that Windows Phone copy and paste is not definitely, but that they were looking at adding this before RTM. It’s not there now.
Update 2: Accodring to Microsoft’s Todd Brix there’s no plan to add the feature later (!?):
“We don’t enable copy and paste and we do that very intentionally,” [...] “It’s actually an intentional design decision,” he said. “We try to anticipate what the user wants so copy and paste isn’t necessary.” “We tried to focus on what the core use cases were,” Brix said. “Certainly there will be some people that wont be happy with some of those decisions.”
What kind of BS is that ?
Update 3: Just got an offical response from Microsoft. It’s coming in future updates.
AT&T and Rogers users rejoice! The Nexus One is no longer exclusively tied to T-Mobile. The handset is now compatible with the two carriers 3G bands and is available for purchase on Google’s online store unlocked for $529 of with a contract.
Nexus One now compatible with the AT&T 3G network and shipping to Canada
In early January, we announced the Nexus One, the first device sold through Google’s web store. The Nexus One is unlocked, which means you can use it with a SIM card from most GSM operators worldwide. Currently the device is compatible with most 3G networks, including T-Mobile in the US. However, there are some carriers that have different 3G frequencies, such as AT&T in the US and Rogers Wireless in Canada, so users with these SIM cards can only access 2G or EDGE networks on their Nexus One.
Starting today, an additional version of the Nexus One is available from the Google web store that is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. This new model can be purchased as an unlocked device without a service plan. In addition to AT&T’s 3G network, this device will also run on Rogers Wireless in Canada. And like the first version of the Nexus One, it can be used with most GSM operators globally.
Additionally, Nexus One devices can now be shipped to Canada from Google’s web store, and will work with a SIM from Rogers Wireless. To find out which version you should purchase, based on your mobile service provider, please visit our Help Center.
Opera announced today the official availibility of the final version of Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 on Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian & Blackberry.
Today, Opera Software released the final versions of the world’s most popular mobile Web browsers, Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10. Now, nearly any mobile phone can support an Opera-driven Web experience, complete with unmatched speed, style and cost savings. Simply go to m.opera.com/ to download it directly to your phone today.
Today’s release puts the finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. The focus is on delivering the best Internet experience on nearly any mobile phone, along with a unified look and feel and innovative favorite features, such as Speed Dial, password manager and tabbed browsing.
“Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.
Grab it here or by pointing you phone’s browser to http://m.opera.com/
Microsoft just sent me an interesting press release a few minutes ago. The company is announcing the launch of a Windows Live Messenger handset in partnership with French carrier SFR. The Messenger Edition 251 by SFR is described as the first phone aimed at the youth market. Interestingly this sounds a lot like what MS is supposedly doing with Project Pink in the US. As you can see in the picture above the phone has a full azerty keyboard and features a dedicated Messenger Buddy button. No info was release on the ODM/OEM building the device or the OS powering it. Microsoft & SFR are also launching a dedicated website: www.meilleursamisdumonde.fr
The Messenger Edition 251 is available today in France for €79 with a pre-paid contract.
Messenger Edition 251 by SFR, au cœur de la stratégie mobilité de Microsoft et SFR
Premier éditeur deservices mobiles en France avec près de 6 millions d’utilisateurs mensuels, dont 2.6 millions sur Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft propose aux utilisateurs une expérience numérique fluide, en leur donnant facilement accès à leurs services préférés, tels que Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, MSN ou Bing, en situation de mobilité.
En lançant Messenger Edition 251 by SFR, Microsoft souhaite démocratiser le marché des mobiles communautaires en plein essor, en proposant son service de messagerie Instantanée emblématique à une nouvelle catégorie d’utilisateurs.
« Les jeunes de moins de 25 ans comptent parmi les plus fervents utilisateurs de nos services Internet, affirme Nicolas Petit, Directeur de la Division Mobilité chez Microsoft France. Nous sommes donc heureux de pouvoir leur offrir, en partenariat avec SFR, la première offre mobile parfaitement adaptée à leurs besoins, pour une expérience de messagerie instantanée sans limite, même en mobilité. Avec Messenger Edition 251 by SFR, le phénomène Messenger va connaître un nouvel essor, une nouvelle fois porté par les jeunes qui ont contribué à son succès depuis 10 ans. ».
« Messenger est incontournable aujourd’hui pour les jeunes et s’inscrit naturellement dans la promesse que fait SFR à ses clients : rester tout le temps en contact avec leursamis, en illimité ! s’enthousiasme Hala Bavière, Directrice Marketing Clients Jeunes chez SFR. Pour que les clients SFR La Carte puissent également profiter de ce service en toute liberté, nous avons choisi de lancer conjointement Messenger Edition 251 by SFR et une recharge avec Texto etMessenger en illimité spécialement adaptée ».
Unfortunately Microsoft won’t be able to please everybody with Windows phone 7 Series . The lack of multi-tasking shouldn’t come as a surprise especially given that I (with PPCGeeks) was the first to post the full specs of WP7 more than a month ago (one week before the official announcement, thanks again anonymous tipster..). We all expected this and today Microsoft confirmed it to Mary Jo Foley; third-party apps won’t be able to multi-task but will have the ability to use the push-notification services (just like on the iPhone). This doesn’t really bother me given that I rarely use a task-manager to jump from one app to another. Additionally, the Metro UI and design helps to make the whole UX free of any multi-tasking needs.
But what bothers me is the total lack of file explorer and access to the file system (and build-in storage on the phone). First-off, removable storage cards are out. WP7 devices will come with non-removable Flash memory (minimum 8Gb) and the only way to install an app will be through the Marketplace (enterprise customers will be able to deploy apps without going through the Marketplace). Secondly it looks like the phone’s internal memory will be encrypted (like the Zune HD & iPhone). This means that the only way to transfer data to your phone from the PC will be via the Zune software (you can no longer use your handset as a USB HDD). Also remember that on the Zune HD and iPhone, pictures transferred to the device are always automatically resized and compressed (it’s still not know if this is going to be the case here though).
This is obviously the first release of a new OS and Microsoft has already announced that OTA updates with new features & improvements will be pushed out on a regular basis. My only hope is that Microsoft allows third-party developers to build file explorers (I’m not holding my breath tho..)
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore unveiled Samsung’s first Windows Phone 7 Series handset during one of his MIX10 session a few hours ago. As you can see in the video, the phone physically looks nearly identical to the OmniaHD released more than a year ago and seems to feature the same 8Mpix camera (capable of 720P encoding). Hopefully this one also packs Samsung’s new SuperAMOLED screen. Engadget posted some new pitures of the 2 WP7 handsets:
It’s finally official; contrary to what HTC’s support team has been saying last week, Joe Belfiore confirmed today that the HTC HD2won’t be upgradable to Windows Phone 7. There isn’t much else to say I guess (looks like 8GB of Flash memory is required to run WP7 alongside 256Mb of Ram). Those of you who really want one are free to buy the T-Mobile version in the coming days. But remember that all the cool stuff we have seen today won’t be available on the most powerful smartphone currently sold…