Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to bring more than 500 new features

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to bring more than 500 new features
The Windows Phone buzz is building up as we approach tomorrow’s announcement of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, but some information about the scale of the update has already been spilled. And it’s going to be big - Mango will bring 500 new features, Microsoft’s very own Steve Ballmer said in a speech at the Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011.

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.

source: WMPowerUser


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32 Comments

1. Seylan unregistered

All eyes on NOKIA :)

13. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: Jan 06, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Jan 20, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Jan 06, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Dec 22, 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 (-:

11. Shafeer

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LOLLLLLL

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: May 25, 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM0Apbn6dXY 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: Mar 03, 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: Jan 06, 2011

their computer os sucks.. but wp7 is so godly...

31. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

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