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Windows Phone 7 'nodo' update could hit on 7 February, with copy and paste

Rumours are circulating that a major update for Windows Phone 7 is just one week away, and will finally bring copy and paste functionality to Microsoft's mobile OS.

Windows Phone 7 is finally adding copy and paste, as part of a major update due to be rolled out on 7 February, if rumours are to be believed.

Early adopters will be shaking with relief if and when the update -- codenamed 'nodo', meaning 'no doughnuts' -- finally arrives. We've been waiting ages for copy and paste to arrive on WP7 mobiles, and its arrival would make using a Windows Phone 7 phone much easier.

You'd be able to grab directions from a text and whack 'em into the maps application, for example, like it was the most natural thing in the world.

The details of the coming update were spotted first by a number of French blogs, and picked up by liveside.net. There's no confirmation of that date, or the contents of the nodo update, but we suppose it would make sense to have a few extra software features in place before Mobile World Congress kicks off on 14 February.

Rumours that the update is imminent are fueled by a post on Microsoft's support page, which dispenses advice on troubleshooting your WP7 handset during the update process.

Other features rumoured to come with nodo are improved app start-up and resume times, which would make using the phone a little faster across the board. We really like the slick interface on WP7, but we've found its floaty, swoopy menus lose their novelty when you have to wait ages for the apps you want to load.

The Holy Grail in terms of updates would be the addition of multitasking. Both Android and iOS now allow several apps to run at the same time (though some would argue that iOS doesn't offer 'proper' multitasking as it only freezes apps when you're not using them), so having to restart apps all the time whenever we go out of them for even just a moment is starting to feel archaic.

Oh, and if you're wondering if the 'no doughtnuts' codename is a sly dig at Android, Charlie Kindel, who works on Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft has stated on Twitter that the name originated when someone failed to bring doughnuts to a meeting after losing a bet (sounds like it's a laugh a minute over at the WP7 offices) and the name has nothing to do with Android. So there you go.

Image credit: Flickr user MissMessie.