As reported earlier, the first Windows Phone 7 update is set to be massive. Some users of test devices are reporting that they have already received an update that contains copy-paste feature. Test devices are only intended for developers that needed them in order to have apps ready for launch day. These devices were only to be used as development aiding tools, but it looks like some developers liked them so much that they may be using them in their day-to-day life.
There are several different developer devices. One of them being the Samsung Taylor, this is the one that was reported to receive the update. The reported updated version on these devices is now 7.0.7338.0, it was not reported what the previous version was but it was prior to the release version running on retail devices which is 7.0.7004.0. Updates for devices had been announced to be executed through the Zune software, so start syncing your phones everyday now… who knows when you’ll be getting your update!
Copy-Paste is reportedly working in the following way:
Words are highlighted/selected by tapping on them. It’s been reported that arrows will show now on both sides of the selected word. The selection can then be expanded by dragging left or right. This makes for the selection of multiple words or paragraphs. An icon will appear near the highlighted text in a similar (and consistent by the way) with the PC’s Office suite. Then a paste icon will appear right after focus is set to an editor and after the soft keyboard is enabled (essentially when the text editing object is enabled for editing text).
It is not confirmed for all UI elements, but at the very least for Messaging, you can tap and hold until the context menu will show up and it will include the options for copy and paste. If this last bit is true, this alone will enable a consistent way for copy paste features across the board.