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New videos show off Bing Indoor Maps and Visual Voicemail for Windows Phone Mango

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New videos show off Bing Indoor Maps and Visual Voicemail for Windows Phone Mango
The guys over at PocketNow have posted two videos showing off some nice new functionality we can expect to see with the Windows Phone Mango update in the form of Bing Indoor Maps and Visual Voicemail.

The Indoor Maps feature looks to be a very useful add-on to an already solid Bing Maps application. What the feature does is show you all of the stores in a given area, say for example a mall, in their exact location as if you were looking at it via a directory. If you are dealing with a mall that has two stories, there is an option to change the level of the mall that Bing Maps is displaying.

Visual Voicemail isn’t entirely new given that it has been used on plenty of phones in the past, but it is nice to see how it will be implemented in Windows Phone Mango. When you tap on the Phone tile from the main screen, the first thing you will see is your call history. Once there all you have to do is swipe once to the left and you will be on the visual voicemail screen.  

Microsoft is definitely serious about Windows Phone Mango. Check out both videos to see the two new features in action and tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: PocketNow via Engadget


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posted on 11 Jul 2011, 20:59 4

1. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


The ui is AMAZING. Can't wait to get ahold of one of these.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 00:17 3

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm starting to be more and more impressed by windows phones. It looks like Microsoft learned from their mistakes. They've rebuilt the OS from the ground up and are building up the features now to round out the phone. Unlike android the OS is stable and their doing it in their own style instead of copying Apple. I think Windows takes a lot of market share from android phones. Apple is safe because they have a solid OS and ecosystem. Android users are just wanting "something like the iPhone" or getting cheap crapdroids because they don't want to spend any money for a phone.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 07:09 1

6. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I agree 100%. I hate when people say android is better than WP7. Yeah, WP7 doesn't have 300,000 apps (like you download more than 25 anyways?), and no SD card (sync with skydrive which is 10x's easier), and windows doesn't need be messed with by switching ROMs and kernels to last you all day. Not to mention how easy it is to navigate through the ui. Unlike Android, they are gunning for quality in their apps, not how much they can make compared to Apple. If you're going to do it, do it right!! Half of the apps on Android force close anyways.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 00:51 4

3. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Nice. Keep it up. Competition benefits everyone in the end.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 01:46 1

4. jtech (unregistered)


i agree with taco thats basically all android is. i wait till mango is released

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 04:31 4

5. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 868; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


MSFT is workin' hard... Making their already solid platform, even that much better! The transition from corporate to public should be a swift one, they need to keep the heat on all the different operating systems.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 09:57 3

7. 87168 (unregistered)


I love my Trophy!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 17:36 1

8. snowgator (Posts: 3293; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I am glad, because if we go to Verizon the Trophy is mine. I am actually excited to get on board with Windows. That may be the greatest compliment you can give W7 - people are excited!

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