Microsoft announces Windows Phone Mango: legacy support, multi-tasking, IE9 coming this fall

Microsoft announces Windows Phone Mango: legacy support, multi-tasking, IE9 coming this fall
Yes, it’s now finally official – Windows Phone Mango brings heaps of new features. The announcement however doesn’t come from New York, but rather straight from the heart of Eastern Europe, namely – Romania. The local Microsoft’s website has the full press release and here’s a summary of what we have in the new version of the Windows Phone platform:

1. Multitasking,
2. Internet Explorer 9,
3. Built-in speech-to-text and text-to-speech,
4. Threaded conversations, allowing you to have an eagle-eye view of all your texts, chats and emails,
5. Groups, making it easy to message multiple people at once,
6. Better integration with social networks, like LinkedIn and Twitter integration in People
7. Linked inbox allowing you to control multiple email accounts,
8. Connect app for better organizing your applications,
9. Improved Live Tiles,
10. Visual Voice Mail.

We've counted ten, which leaves 490 yet uncovered features, but - leaving all jokes aside - we are sure to hear in much detail about all of them at the event. For current WP7 phone owners the new update will be "freely available," so that means full legacy support. The Windows Phone Mango release date however is not that close - we'll have to wait until early fall.

New manufacturers will inject fresh blood into the platform with handsets expected from Chinese ZTE, Acer and Fujitsu. The inclusion of those manufacturers hints at the probability of lower spec threshold for devices, but along with the new companies, old WP loyalists like Samsung, HTC, LG and Dell will also introduce new phones.

Redmond has also released a Windows Phone Mango SDK Beta with updates including new features and will come with more than 1500 APIs for:
  • Multitasking withing apps for switching, background processing and file transfers,
  • Deeper phone integration with features like Live Tiles
  • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library

More information about the much anticipated update and a download link are available below, while machine translated full press release awaits you at the source link with all the tiny details.

source: Microsoft Romania via WMPowerUser
download: Windows Team Blog



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12 Comments

1. wisewatts

Posts: 4; Member since: May 24, 2011

I,Myself am a HTC phone owner (Evo) and i must say even though i don't own a windows phone its a very big breakthrough. the improvements WP7 has installed will go far with a lot of people my sister just bought a W7 phone and she says "it's just for me! i'm a WP7"

2. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

What about WHATSAPP for WP7?!?!??!!

3. Arqjavsa unregistered

What about copy and paste is it available now

4. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

it was available few months ago lol NODO update

5. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

Windows use of food "code names" is soooo tacky. I suppose copying is the sincerest form of flattery, but you would think Microsoft would have a bit more imagination.

6. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

That was my first thought too. LOL! I was thinking how original Windows is..... NOT!!

9. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

If windows using food names is tacky that would make android tacky from the start. What would you propose they use? Every design borrows from one another in some shape form or fashion. If you insinuate that windows is copying android then we have to go back to 2007...after iOS then came android...nothing is completely original anymore, it's just ideas that are improved upon/adjusted to be called something different. I like what wp7 is doing and they are on the right track. Their hardest obstacle is going to be escaping the bad reputation they have created with windows 6.5 on down

8. Darel unregistered

Epic win for nokia, i would pay 1000$ for Nokia E7 design with smoothly working wp7 mango in it.

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

yea E7 design rocks :D

13. feco unregistered

If think about it they are following the alphabet nodo,mango?

14. ylauqc unregistered

Maybe if they're following it backwards...

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol Windows. Windows is a joke OS on phone and computer.

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