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Windows Phone Mango Update Release Date - Autumn!

Microsoft officially unveiled the next version of Windows Phone today, code named "Mango".  The new release is touted to carry over 500 updates, changes and new features.

Greg Sullivan, senior product manager of mobile communications at Microsoft said:

“When we looked ahead to the next release, we wanted to stay true to the principles of Windows Phone 7 – that software should get out of your way and quickly connect you to the things that matter most,”...“Mango builds on the work that we did in Windows Phone 7 and extends a lot of key scenarios around communications, apps, and Internet experiences – with even more capability and a deeper level of integration.”

Communication

According to the Microsoft press release; Mango’s new People Hub will integrate all of the ways in which people interact. So, whether one is connected to a person on Facebook, Twitter, Outlook, LinkedIn, Windows Live Messenger or all of the above, these avenues to connectivity will be in one, easy-to-access location.  Beats having 5 apps for 5 jobs.

Other Communication features will include:

  • Personalized Live Tiles making it possible for users to easily access individuals or groups from the home screen. Individuals can be pinned to the start screen as Live Tiles, providing users with at-a-glance access to real-time updates from social network feeds and notifications without having to open multiple apps. 
  • Multiple email accounts can be combined and linked into one inbox.
  • Built-in voice-to-text/text-to-voice functionality which will allow for hands-free texting or chatting.

Application Features

App features in Mango will include:

  • Improved Live Tiles, which provides even more real-time information to the home screen. Live Tiles on Mango can be more dynamic and contain more information.
  • Multitasking allows users to quickly switch between recently used applications and pick up where they left off by simply pressing and holding the back button.
  • Live Agents, which enables developers to create a number of multitasking apps for scenarios involving media, communications, augmented reality and more – all without compromising battery life and performance.

Browser Features

Well, Mango will come complete with IE9, supporting HTML5 and powered by a hardware-accelerated graphics card.  Microsoft expects this to mirror the desktop browsing experience.

In MS's final comment they said: “For those who have seen the phone, you can see the light bulb go off,” Sullivan said. “It’s like they suddenly realize they should be expecting more from their smartphones. I think we're set up to surprise a lot of folks with how big a leap we've taken with Mango.”

 

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