As well as showing off the many new features of Mango, Microsoft today announced its new partners, namely Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE, the latter of course being behind the hugely popular Orange San Francisco.
Curiously, Dell didn’t receive a mention. It recently released the Dell Venue Pro in the UK, but was conspicuously absent today. A Microsoft rep told Engadget to “stay tuned”, before suggesting that Dell simply wasn’t ready for Mango action just yet.
Meanwhile, the Finns posted their reaction to Mango on Nokia Conversations. The post begins: “Today Microsoft has announced the key new ingredients of the latest ‘Mango’ release of the Windows Phone operating system.
“This is the software that will be used on the first Nokia with Windows Phone device, and so should be of keen interest to Nokia-watchers everywhere.”
Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president for Smart Devices, added: “We are very excited about our strategic partnership with Microsoft, and Mango is a great milestone for the first Nokia with Windows Phone devices.
“We believe Mango offers developers opportunities to create new mobile experiences leveraging both companies complementary assets while providing consumers with a new choice in mobile.”
Microsoft confirmed in its keynote that there are already Nokia phones running Mango in its labs. Last month Stephen Elop was spotted out and about with a Nokia WP7 prototype.