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Windows Phone 7 January update bringing copy-and-paste, additional minor improvements

While it doesn't sound as though everything rumored to be rolled into the first Windows Phone 7 update, there will be a number of enhancements delivered this month. CEO Steve Ballmer didn't get too specific during his keynote at CES 2011, saying only "Microsoft will release a series of Windows Phone 7 updates over the next few months, including adding the copy-and-paste feature and improving the phone's performance when loading or switching between applications."

Microsoft, however, has now posted an official "sneak peek" at what's on the way. Copy-and-paste is perhaps the biggest addition, though faster application and game launch times will be a welcome improvement as well. Marketplace search has also been tweaked -- tapping your phone's search button post-update will allow you to search the specific category you're currently browsing, rather than the entire Marketplace.

Bigger updates like in-app purchases, expanded APIs, Internet Explorer 9, and Silverlight support won't happen until some time after Mobile World Congress 2011.

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