Windows Phone 7 users just want their frickin’ copy and paste. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so, because it was a feature that was missing at launch, and we were all aware of it ahead of time, too. The “NoDo” update that WP7 users have been waiting for should feature the capability, along with many other upgrades. However, it’s been a long and arduous wait for the update.
News is that it’s going to become available tomorrow, but only for Telus in Canada and Orange in the UK. AT&T customers might have to wait several weeks while the carrier completes its testing with no launch schedule in sight. AT&T says, “We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the delay of Windows Mobile 7. AT&T will make this update available once it has achieved technical acceptance in our labs. Unfortunately, we do not have a date for when an AT&T-approved update will be available.”
It was a little too easy to blame Microsoft for the update delay, because, well, we all love blaming Microsoft for stuff. This time around, however, the update has been good and ready to go from the software maker’s end — it’s just the carriers who are holding back the update because of testing. T-Mobile is preparing to schedule its updates, Sprint will be launching with the new update already loaded onto the device, so the only U.S. carrier left without a launch date in sight.
Microsoft has already started pushing the update to unbranded devices in Europe in hopes of staving off some of the criticism it had been taking due to the lack of certain features.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, the carriers are giving users a bad taste remnant of the Windows Mobile days when updates would take a year or more, often missing promised deadlines. Hopefully this clears the Redmond, WA giant a bit and gives the carriers – especially AT&T – a little more heat.