Developers got their hands on Mango a few weeks ago, and now networks and manufacturers have been served with the next big version of Windows Phone 7.
It’s a fairly big milestone, and suggests Mango – Windows Phone 7.1 – should be on course for its September arrival. Or thereabouts.
The news was confirmed by Terry Myerson on the Windows Phone Blog. Terry writes: “Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” – the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system.
“This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations.
“Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.”
Microsoft reckons Mango will introduce over 500 new features, including enhanced multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 with HTML 5 support, and threaded conversations combining text, IM and Facebook chat.