Copy Paste and Application Performance improvements coming in Windows Phone 7 update

Those who believed in all the January Windows Phone 7 update rumors or even the WP7 Verizon devices announcement are probably going to be disappointed. Like I said many times regarding this subject (see related post links below): don’t believe everything your read. The plans has always been to announce and push the first updates “around” February’s MWC. As a matter of fact here’s the only thing that Steve Ballmer said about this during his CES Keynote:

Microsoft will release a series of Windows Phone 7 updates over the next few months, including adding the copy-and-paste feature and improving the phone’s performance when loading or switching between applications. Microsoft also is working to make Windows Phone 7 available from Sprint and Verizon in the first half of 2011, and more languages will become available later this year.

Data read/write is definitely one of the biggest issue with third-party applications right now and the priority is to fix this as soon as possible. Now my only hope is that Microsoft also provides some sort of straightforward Tombstoning API so that developers can easily implement this in the applications because it is currently a real pain to do it (depedning on the complexity of the app). Anyway,enjoy your Windows Phone 7 and get ready for MWC. More updates will be pushed in the months following the first one.

UPDATE: Here‘s Microsoft full statement:

Copy and paste
Soon you’ll be able to copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type.

Using copy and paste is easy and intuitive. In many cases you just tap a word, slide your finger to highlight any additional text, then tap the Copy icon. To insert this text in a message or app, just tap the spot where it should go, then tap the Paste icon.

Copy and paste is a handy way to quickly send someone’s latest Facebook update, turn-by-turn directions from Maps, or a must-see link from Internet Explorer Mobile. Once you’ve copied something, you can paste it again and again.

The new feature adds to the list of time-saving shortcuts already built into Windows Phone, like the ability to tap an address on a webpage to map it (US only).

Faster apps and games
Nobody likes to wait. That’s why we’ve whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It’s all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

Better Marketplace search
We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace and you’ll see only apps or games in the results.

Press Search in the music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

  • Anonymous

    Forgive my ignorance, but what is a “Tombstoning API” and why is it important? (my background is biochem, not computers)

  • Michael T.
  • MobileTechWorld

    to put it simply, Tombstoning is a way to “simulate” multi-tasking on WP7. Developers have to write code to save the application’s page/view state when the application is quit/closed (hitting the home button) and then some more code to restore this state when the user goes back to the app by hitting the back button so that it doesn’t have to be reloaded from scratch as if the app was being re-launched. It’s kind of a mess to implement right now so a straight forward (and well documented) API would be a good thing.