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Microsoft hopes WP7 will bear fruit

While Google has opted to name updates to its Android OS after unhealthy sweet treats -- Cupcake, Frozen Yogurt, and Gingerbread -- Microsoft appears to be taking a fresher, more health-conscious tack with Windows Phone 7.

The next major upgrade to WP7, code-named Mango, will arrive sometime later in the year, eWeek reports, and it will come loaded with a number of fruitful upgrades. 

Included in the upgrade will be new applications, such as Angry Birds and Internet Explorer 9, as well as augmented reality features that pair with a device's camera. Angry Birds may come to WP7 devices as early as May, along with the new Windows Phone Developer Tools, while both Skype and Spotify will roll out in the fall. 

Mango will also reportedly introduce multi-tasking to WP7, which will allow music to be streamed in the background while performing other duties on the device. 

What's been the hold-up?

"We felt it would be better to be a little bit patient, make sure that when we get updates out that they would happen reliably, and, unfortunately, that caused a delay in getting things out," Joe Belfiore, director of Windows Phone program management, recently told the audience at MIX11 conference in Vegas.

No solid date or timeframe for Mango has been released, and perhaps its due to Microsoft's speed bumps rolling out WP7 updates in the past that have caused the company to keep quiet.

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By Iridium130m on 4/14/2011 9:42:55 AM , Rating: 2
cause at the end of the day, Microsoft can pump out updates all day long, we're at the mercy of the Service Provider to test, validate, and release the update. And given past history, heaven help you if your towards the end of the life cycle of the phone and a replacement is out, because they probably won't even bother. grrrr. Long live rooting!

By 306maxi on 4/14/2011 10:50:13 AM , Rating: 3
Phone networks are at best only allowed to hold back one update and when the next one comes out they have to push it out as per the agreement with Microsoft. My provider pushed out the NoDo update to me just fine :)

By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 4/14/2011 11:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
Mine did not, and I am currently two updates behind. And next contract, I'm switching carriers.

By Smilin on 4/14/2011 4:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
You can't be two updates behind. There is only one update out. I don't think that micro update to the updater counted.

Thumbsup on switching carriers (whoever you're with). Churn keeps them honest. I've had Verizon and AT&T now. No complaints with the latter but I'm looking at Sprint next because of prices and feedback from friends/peers.

By Smilin on 4/14/2011 4:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
Coming in "late" to the game let them learn a few lessons from others mistakes. I think Google will get fragmentation under control before it gets bad but MS is going to avoid it altogether.

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