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Vid Windows Phone 7 users can finally cut and paste text, thanks to the "NoDo" update which is gradually being rolled out now.

The long-awaited update improves searching in the Windows Marketplace, provides various performance tweeks (most notably the faster suspend/resume) and finally allows the user to cut text from one place and paste it into another.

The updates started last night, but have been seeping out slowly via the desktop Zune software – presumably so that Microsoft can keep a careful eye on progress and forestall any widespread problems. But so far users seem very happy with the update, with only handful reporting minor problems with Facebook connectivity – and most just pleased to see the functionality arrive.

Cut and paste has been something of an obsession in mobile circles, partly because of the complexity of providing a selection interface on a touch-screen phone. Several attempts have been made to implement the functionality without resorting to tap-and-hold, and Microsoft's first effort isn't perfect, as WinRumours demonstrates when showing off the updated software:

But given how rarely one wants to use cut and paste on a phone this is probably not a big deal. The important thing is to have the functionality there when its needed, and for Microsoft to demonstrate that it can send out updates without screwing up working handsets.

That's being done slowly, so those few who have a Windows Phone 7 handset will need to be patient and wait for their Zune software to tell them their time has come. ®

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