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Microsoft Delays Arrival of Copy and Paste for Windows Phone; Now Due Late March

Microsoft confirmed on Thursday what most had suspected–that the Windows Phone 7 update planned for early this month has been delayed.

In a statement, Microsoft said that the update, which CEO Steve Ballmer said would come early in the month, now won’t arrive until late in March. The update, known as No Donuts (NoDo) is slated to add performance updates, copy and paste features and support for CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.

“After careful consultation with the team and our many partners, we’ve decided to briefly hold the March update in order to ensure the update process meets our standards and that of our customers,” Microsoft said in a statement to Mobilized. “As a result, we will plan to begin delivering the update in the latter half of March.”

The delay comes after the company encountered several problems with a preliminary update designed to pave the way for NoDo.

Microsoft is counting on this update, and a more substantive one planned for later this year, to help the company be more competitive with Android and Apple’s iPhone. The bigger update is supposed to bring faster browsing, improved multitasking and native Twitter support, among other features.

Redmond insisted the delay of NoDo should not be equated with a delay in the more substantive update.

“This short pause should in no way impact the timing of future updates, including the one announced recently at Mobile World Congress featuring multitasking, a Twitter feature, and a new HTML 5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile,” Microsoft general manager Eric Hautala said in a blog post.