Microsoft has a press release on the upcoming Windows Phone update and I want you to read the portion involving copy and paste carefully with me:
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).
Yes, “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.” Let’s do a rewrite on what it should have said “Soon you’ll be able to copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, anywhere on your Windows Phone and paste it anywhere you can type.” So by their words you can only copy from native apps but you can paste into any text box (native or non-native) so you still cannot copy something that’s in a Twitter feed for example.
Microsoft – supply copy and paste abilities to all apps and all developers…you’ve taken six months to not innovate copy and paste at all. Don’t screw up what little progress you’ve made.
I hope I’m over-reading this…
UPDATE: OK Charlie Kindel said it’s a non-issue:
Let’s not hope this is like when Brandon Watson said that there was tethering…