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The “Windows Phone Blog” brought us an article yesterday, entitled “10 questions for the â€œqueenâ€ of copy and paste.”Â Priyanka Singhal was the engineer in charge of bringing Copy and Paste to the Windows Phone 7 platform.
Here is a snippet from the article:
Q: First, I have a confession: copy and paste isnâ€™t a phone feature I use much. But I know many folks are passionate about it. What am I missing?
A: Letâ€™s say your wife sends you an appointment to your daughterâ€™s piano recital, and now you want to save that address in your address book. Or you find something on the web thatâ€™s really cool and want to send it to a friend in an email. Or you get an email and you want to quote it in an SMS. Or you want to look up a tracking numberâ€”basically anything you want to save or share but donâ€™t want to type again. Your phone should be able to take that burden away from you.
Q: In your previous job, you worked on text editing features like copy and paste on the desktop. How is a phone different?
A: On your desktop you can do things like Paste Special, Select All, Cut. On a phone, more options means more complexity, so you need software that can make the best choice for you. Which means you need to understand your users better and not just say, â€œHereâ€™s a bunch of choices.â€ The phone should take away the complexity and make life as simple as possible.
Q: So youâ€™re saying that behind the scenes copying and pasting isnâ€™t as simple as it looks.
A: It is complex. To someone using the phone, it just works. But to make it â€œjust workâ€ you have to make sure that all applications on the phone support the same functionality. That takes a large amount of coordination. Creating copy and paste involved how many teams? Probably 9 to 10 from inception to shipping. A lot of people have a stake and a lot of people have opinions. Making sure that everybody shares your thoughts, understands your visionâ€”thatâ€™s the most challenging and most rewarding part of this job.
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