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The HTC Radar will come preinstalled with Mango
Mango is on the way

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system often seems like a breath of fresh air compared to the usual grid-based array of icons on competing operating systems like Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The sleek Metro UI interface, Live Tiles, and even the "cutoff text" gives it a unique look in the smartphone space.

However, despite Microsoft's efforts to innovate with its latest smartphone OS, it hasn't exactly seen sales success after nearly a year on the market. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has lamented the slow start for the Windows Phone 7 on more than one occasion. Microsoft is now looking to reverse its fortunes with Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed "Mango".

Whereas most Android smartphone users have to play the waiting game to see if their device will support the next major software update (or if they will receive it at all), Microsoft's strict hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 mean that Mango is now rolling out across all major U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile). There are also a slew of new phones that are on the way with Mango preinstalled. 

Some of the new features in Mango include: 

Groups: You can now group your contacts (think Google+ Circles with Work, Family, etc.) in a Live Tile on the Start Screen

What's New?: Current updates stream in via text, email, or social networks like Facebook and Twitter

Multitasking: Mango finally brings "intelligent" multitasking to the table and operates similar to iOS and Android

New Bing tools: Local Scout, as its name implies, allows you to search for local places and activities. Bing Vision allows you to perform searches using your onboard camera and translate text.

Internet Sharing: Carriers can now give you the option to enable Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

Web Marketplace: Allows you to search and purchase apps from your PC and have them wireless install to your Mango phone. This video explains the feature in great detail. 

“One of the things I’m most proud about with Windows Phone is that we took a different approach,” said Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division. “We looked around and saw that smartphones were largely becoming application launchers, and consumers were left to navigate a sea of icons and a grid of apps. We looked to build all the core things that consumers want to do directly into the phone, and focus it all around people – not icons.” 

Microsoft still has a long way to go to get people to take notice of Windows Phone 7.5, but the company is making sure that people that do make the leap are in for a compelling experience. It's great to see competition in the smartphone space, so hopefully the Nokia mashup will give Microsoft some stronger footing against Apple and Google.

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No porting
By Freddo on 9/28/2011 5:20:10 AM , Rating: 2
The main disadvantage about Windows Phone is that you can't really port software for it. There are a lot of neat open source projects written in C++, like ScummVM, but you can only compile C# code for Windows Phone. Which sucks.

At least that's my understanding of it, please correct me if I'm wrong.

RE: No porting
By cjohnson2136 on 9/28/2011 8:27:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah the only thing you could really port would be a WPF or Silverlight project. You would just have to modify design some so it fits on a phone.

RE: No porting
By cjohnson2136 on 9/28/2011 8:28:15 AM , Rating: 2
Also forgot you can use VB it does not only have to be C#

RE: No porting
By Mitch101 on 9/28/2011 9:52:56 AM , Rating: 2
VB, C#, Silverlight, XNA, There is a 5th development tool which I don't recall the name to.

Plus Microsoft runs free classes with assistance from instructors sometimes with great prizes-giveaways.

Getting Started with Windows Phone

RE: No porting
By cjohnson2136 on 9/28/2011 11:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
The thing is though with XNA and Silverlight you still have to pick C# or VB for your code behind :)

RE: No porting
By NellyFromMA on 9/28/2011 11:25:59 AM , Rating: 2
How many options does Android or iOS offer? I assume only one, but I honestly don't know.

RE: No porting
By cjohnson2136 on 9/28/2011 1:50:58 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I know Android apps are only written in Java and iOS apps are only written in Objective-C.

RE: No porting
By Da W on 9/28/2011 8:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
Seeing Windows 8 at Build, i think C++ is dead. Correct me if i'm wrong.

RE: No porting
By cjohnson2136 on 9/28/2011 8:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah Microsoft is really pushing WPF style applications with C#. Which is fie by me because it is all my programming courses taught me minus one java course.

RE: No porting
By inighthawki on 9/28/2011 9:34:22 AM , Rating: 3
The new WinRT runtime for windows 8 still works 100% with native C++. The only reason native code is NOT being pushed is because the OS will now run on ARM processors, which means in order for a single application to be cross platform it needs to be JIT compiled via .NET bytecode. It is still possible to compile C++ code for ARM though. The VS11 IDE contains the ARM compiler.

RE: No porting
By cjohnson2136 on 9/28/2011 11:10:58 AM , Rating: 2
Which I think is really nice.

RE: No porting
By NellyFromMA on 9/28/2011 11:27:59 AM , Rating: 2
The managed librarys are built off of C++. I also heard there is a decent update coming for C++ IIRC. It won't be dead, it's just not as necessary for the majority of little things developers need to whip up and maintain. Which is a good thing if used right

RE: No porting
By EricMartello on 10/3/2011 1:49:31 AM , Rating: 3
Seeing Windows 8 at Build, i think C++ is dead. Correct me if i'm wrong.

C++ is for the big boys. You go run along and play in your C# sandbox with the other little kids, ok?

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