Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to bring more than 500 new features
Some of the anticipated major updates to the platform include:
- Multi-tasking for third-party apps,
- Twitter integration in the People Hub,
- Office 365 and SkyDrive support,
- Microsoft Lync Mobile app,
- IE9 Mobile,
- Custom ringtones,
- Improved Marketplace,
- Wider language support,
- More than 1500 new APIs.
But it’s the rumored nine new Windows Phone devices that we heard about just recently, that could turn out to be of crucial importance for the platform. In that regard, Ballmer mentioned that tomorrow’s event will also unveil details about phone makers and carriers, hinting at the possibility of new product announcements. In any case, tomorrow will surely be a pivotal day for Redmond’s platform, so stay tuned.
1. Seylan (unregistered)
All eyes on NOKIA :)
13. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
unfortunately the wont be getting a WP7 device to actual market till sometime next year like late January to early February.
2. windowsxp (unregistered)
wow, what a quality video.
Reminds me and shows exactly what kind of quality microsoft can do for us...
Microsoft needs new people in and out.
They mess up everything and capable to turn any good thing to a fail in no time...
one more thing, whoever invented the win 7 starter edition should be punished in public.
3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I couldn't agree with you more. Microsoft still has the old folks who think they can get away with what they did in the 90s. Now they are suffering for it...
8. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wait.. and apple doesnt? :) "lets push out a minor refresh, make it look a little different, say its revolutionary (and sue those who disagree) and call it the next gen iphone and sell it for insaine amounts of cash!"
20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
What does this comment have to do anything? Article is about windows and so were the comments. It must suck being stuck with a 2nd rate phone and craving apple.
22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
hey if apple can do that and still make more money than anyone else why wud u criticize them.. and how is 3gs to the ip4 a small refresh?
6. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
All I say is they Have 500 new features that where probably on 6.5 and failed to be at release of winmo 7, sorry MS you have failed me :( you have to prove yourself way too much for me to add you to my white list again
10. Justdontunderstand (unregistered)
Honestly....what more do you want them to do. I just dont understand comments like this ...sure they faild with 6+ and they saw the same with Windows Mobile 7...so they threw it out reorganized the team and started all over again which to me was the first step they made in the right direction. The features they wanted to put in they couldnt by launch so they focused on what features would sell first. This gets them from being to far behind and fading away. Now they are bringing every feature that to me seems like every user that put in input is going to be getting in the next update cause I cant think of 500 features on a product let alone ADDING 500 to an existing product.
What's left for Microsoft to do? If someone could answer this question and back it up with realistic expectations I would be eternally greatful.
12. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)
While I think WP7 is great [much better than the other stale interfaces available] and cannot wait to upgrade to it from WinMo 6.5 [TP2 with Sense interface], I find myself waiting for WP7 to catch up to WinMo 6.5 in features before I make the transition.
I am ardent about WP7 being the best OS available, but I am reluctant to switch to it and give up the expansive development community I have used to customize WinMo 6.5 with lots of features that Microsoft/manufacturers/carriers never even released for WinMo6.5.
I hope the announcements tomorrow include items like Pandora and Swype and maybe even a dual core WP7 phone so I can start showing everyone I talk to WP7 first hand!
14. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
to me there is an issue, Microsoft has being on mobile market in general for longer than iOS or android, they aren't new kids on the block, I was waiting for WP7 update for long and it was lacking stuff they already had on lesser versions. Its not about getting new customers and experiences but showing old customers why it should be a considerable option, Microsoft and RIM on that matter should have tried to retain market instead of now trying to regain market
24. jroc74 (Posts: 5254; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"to me there is an issue, Microsoft has being on mobile market in general for longer than iOS or android, they aren't new kids on the block,"
THIS 100%. I dont understand it. For real you cant even compare WP7 to iOS or Android. MS been making mobile OS's since 2000...
"Its not about getting new customers and experiences but showing old customers why it should be a considerable option, Microsoft and RIM on that matter should have tried to retain market instead of now trying to regain market"
E X A C T L Y
30. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
"THIS 100%. I dont understand it. For real you cant even compare WP7 to iOS or Android. MS been making mobile OS's since 2000..."
yes, one the supposedly most vast experiences on the mobile market, this Is why I wonder why its taking them so long to adapt
26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
well u are thinking of wp7 as an update to w6.5... and it isnt.. it is basically a brand new os... and honestly, they wud have waited until this september to release their first phone if they had waited until mango for all the features... and i for one am very glad they released it earlier...
29. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I'll wait and see how things work on MS its going to manage this...... I'll try when I see the nokia windows phone and get mango
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
+n on the need to change personnel at MS. But then again, maybe the PC business is really all that matters.... After all, it is just a phone, right? I mean, watch old Steve try to do anything with a phone - his fingers are soo fat. It is all he can do to just dial a number on the handset.
5. Bubba78 (unregistered)
The picture at the top of the article just looks wrong (-:
7. JasonWallis (unregistered)
What about Media Center integration and being able to share skydrive folders from device instead of having to go to browser .... Are these features part if the 500?
32. md213 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 May 2011)
SkyDrive is definitely going to be a part of the Mango release. As for Windows Media Center, there is a rather slick looking app that a developer is working on for Windows Phone. It's still in beta (no word on expected release date just yet), but you can see a video of how it works here:
There is already an app in the WP Marketplace called "Media Buddy" that's gotten good reviews (it's rated 4 out of 5 stars). Just search for "Media Buddy" and it should pop up.
(ps - there are both free & paid versions of Media Buddy currently available)
9. rafabr4 (unregistered)
I think this is great. Apple took 4 versions to get out multitasking, and microsoft only 2. What I like the most is the new interface that is different to the traditional apple-style. With one GOOD phone with Microsoft + Nokia they can enter to de phone market.
28. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
and mind u iOS doesn't have the true Multi tasking...its just suspend-resume style whereas WP7 is supposed to get full background running feature like Symbian,Maemo or WebOS
15. civilion (unregistered)
if the leaked features like bing vision, bing sound, turn by turn navigation, windows live messenger integration, facebook-chat integration, full skydrive integration are true . that alone will be impressive. if you then add the preformence tweaks,and features they've already confirmed(multytasking,1500 new API's and even better integration for third party apps) .I have to say that microsoft is going at it faster than any of the other's. who knows what the other 450+ features might be. with the mango update microsoft WIL be up to par with ios and even android.maybe even better now that microsoft has taken over skype and has many microsoft feature's integrated within the phone(wich the others just cant do). i think microsoft is being dead serious this time (8.5 bilion for skype).the giant has finally awoken and is preparing a hostile takeover...WRAAAAAAAAH
16. none (unregistered)
MS Sux, period.
23. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
their computer os sucks.. but wp7 is so godly...
31. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
thy Ubuntu and Kubuntu ;D Gnome shell and KDE are really cool ;D
17. rchrdrdr (unregistered)
"MS Sux, period."
Well, that was brilliant.
I hope wp7 brings more video codec support. Lack of support is what will hold me back from buying a phone.
18. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I like Windows OS. They are trying to build their own identity and their own brand, instead of just copying Droid or iOS. I am very interested in what they are selling, and like the idea of them rolling out new products on top of their updated OS.
With Nokia onboard next year and RIM praying that they can get new devices out before everyone forgets about them, Microsoft is in a position to gain huge sales in the next 18 months. Unless the HP Pre explodes in popularity (not likely), who else is there to offer choices? I like Android (esp HTC), and I understand the appeal of the iPhone, but a hard charging Windows option will drive our current leaders to do more and improve their offerings to not lose ground. In that regard, how can you not cheer for them?
21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I agree that windows is doing good creating their own brand. Android is just copying iOS. I played with a windows 7 phone and the user experience was solid.
25. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Why is Android a copy of iOS, because it has icons? I like some of what Apple is doing but Android has it's own identity and isn't easily mistaken for iOS. Apple is on top as far as phone sales, but when it comes to the preferred OS, Android is king!
19. IshakAttack (unregistered)
I thought of 500 new errors when I saw 500 new features. Hey. It is a Windows Phone. Which means it runs on Windows. ;)
27. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I'm not all that sure about WP7, or 7.5 or whatever. Windows Mobile has never been a very user friendly environment and seeing WP7, even with it's new UI and 500 new features, just looks like more of the same endless folders from 6.0. The Zune-style transition effects look fantastic, but that's not enough to sway me to trying one. Had they not half-assed the job with the KIN devices, maybe I could take Microsoft serious. But whenever I see those live tiles, all I think of are the KINS.