Earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed copy/paste for Windows Phone 7 during his CES 2011 keynote presentation. Now Microsoft has released an official statement in regards to what's coming to the new mobile platform in the near future.
According to the company, copy/paste will arrive within the next few months along with a streamline Marketplace search and faster load times for apps and games. Unfortunately, the company didn't provide an actual release date for the highly-anticipated update(s).
"We’re obsessive about listening closely to our customers and improving our phone software," Microsoft said. "So over the next few months, look for updates that add some new features you’ve asked for and also tune up your phone’s performance."
Copy/paste for Windows Phone 7 is really a no-brainer: users simply tap a word, slide a 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.
As for a better Marketplace search, Microsoft didn't reveal any specifics. "We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music," the company said. "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."
Microsoft said Windows Phone 7 devices will alert users when the firmware update(s) will be available to download and install. For more details on how to up date the phone software, head here.