Feeds

Windows Phone 7 to get cut'n'paste shortly, says Ballmer

Biz tyrant insists that end users are the customer

Top three mobile application threats

CES 2011 Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 will get a significant update in a month or two, with faster task switching and the much-discussed ability to cut and paste between applications.

The news was tucked away in the middle of Steve Ballmer's CES keynote, between lengthy tales of how impressed everyone is with Windows Phone 7 and a recap of the best features just in case anyone had missed them. The update will load applications faster, which means faster task switching, and add copy and paste functionality, and should be pushed out direct to customers who won't have to wait for operator variants.

That's in contrast to Android users, who regularly have to wait months for their network operator to create a variant build of each new release (something the operator has no financial incentive to do). Symbian users are also forced to wait, though Symbian updates are generally less anticipated so it hasn't been such a high-profile problem.

When Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7, the company was adamant that end users were the targeted customers, and that operator variants would be limited to preinstalled applications and an operator hub, neither of which should require a complicated build. Windows Phone 7 hardware is also very standardised at the moment, but as faster processors and additional features get added (NFC will have to come at some point) then it gets harder to issue standard updates.

Copy and paste isn't something one uses every day, but when it's needed, not having it can be really irritating and the experience sticks in the mind. More interesting than the features will be how effectively Microsoft manages the update process, and how long it can maintain smooth updates in the face of increasingly diverse hardware. ®

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.