Feature-rich Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update confirmed for the autumn

Feature-rich Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update confirmed for the autumnMicrosoft has been talking up the 'Mango' update to Windows Phone 7 practically since the platform first launched late last year, saying it would be the upgrade that would catapult the OS into the real mobile big time.

And that message certainly hasn't changed with Microsoft's latest reveal on the subject at the MIX11 conference in Las Vegas. In fact, with features like motion-sensing, full multi-tasking and fast application switching, Mango is looking sweeter than ever.

Microsoft's keynote at its own developer conference was always likely to focus some attention on Windows Phone 7, but we were given a good bit of new info to mull over, and it has us underlining that Mango update afresh as one of 2011's big mobile happenings.

Augmented reality is likely to be bouncing around inside WP developers' heads right about now given the news that Mango will allow access to the platform's camera and motion-sensing library for the first time.

Deeper phone integration makes for further good news, such as the ability to tap into the Live Tiles UI, while HTML5 sites will benefit from audio playback for the first time.

Big-time app releases being lined up for Mango's arrival include Skype, Amazon, Spotify and Layar, while Microsoft has plans to expand the reach of the Windows Phone App Marketplace to 35 countries, up from the current 16.

Developers will be able to get to work on Mango from next month, with the full rollout of the update still firmly pencilled in for the autumn.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 14, 2011 at 10:22

Autumn of? :p

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:34

By the way: I reserve my right to change my mind regarding WP7 at any time ;) :p

Andy247  Apr. 14, 2011 at 13:48

I had an Omnia 7 since launch day and after 3 months it became horrendously buggy, about 6 weeks ago I had to give up on it entirely and switch to another handset. I still have it in a cupboard but the length of time this update is going to take hardly makes me inclined to dig it out and give it another go.
It's a platform with huge potential but it'll struggle to win me back from Android.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 14, 2011 at 19:10

I felt exactly the same with the HTC HD7 - luckily I had a 14 day no-quibble return deal going.
At the time I was supposed to review it (not here), and I just couldn't LOL
It just isn't a finished platform. And currently I don't trust MS to pull off the big transformation. I'd love to be wrong, though. Ahem...

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