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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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RE: WP7.5?
By Mitch101 on 9/28/2011 9:58:05 AM , Rating: 5
Mango Update List

SkyDrive support (including shared folders)
Internet Explorer 9
Hardware acceleration
Twitter integration
Xbox LIVE Avatar accessories
Kinect integration
Application jump list
Application search
Redesigned Marketplace
Improved Marketplace search results
Streamlined app installation
Over-the-air podcasts
Silverlight + XNA
Improved panorama and pivot controls
TCP/IP sockets
SQL CE database
Live Agents
Deep Links
Multiple live tiles per app
Motion Sensor
Instant-resume for apps
Power management (Battery Saver)
Parental controls (including M-rated titles)
Custom ringtones
Background audio
File download service
Alarm notifications
Redesigned Games Hub
Silverlight 4
Beta/private publishing on the Marketplace
Pinnable email folders
Email conversation view
Server search
Complex (alpha-numeric) passwords
Information Rights Management
Hidden Wi-Fi networks
App Connect (formerly Search Extras)
Quick Cards
Local Scout
Indoor maps
Photo translation
Image search
Improved virtual keyboard
Contact communication history
LinkedIn integration
Calendar integration with Facebook Events
Facial recognition
People tags
Updated mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
Single track repeat
Improved drop-down media controls
Playback controls on the lock screen
Favorite places
Web Marketplace
Multiple file formats on SkyDrive, including PDF
Instant access to Bing under device lock
Photo auto-fix
Improved Marketplace search
Artist imagery on artist card
Related artists
Detailed now playing list
Toggle for full-screen video
Video scrubing
Game history
Achievement comparison
Xbox LIVE friends list
Xbox LIVE messages
Command bar integrated in all hubs, includes search button
Save camera settings
Vibrate-only alarm and new alarm sounds
Snooze options for reminders
Redesigned Pictures Hub
Redesigned Camera
Microsoft Points balance shown in the Games Hub
“Open IE9 tab in new/current tab” setting
Bing Maps auto-navigates to user’s location
Microsoft Office for Mobile updated to v14.5
Camera Roll moved to the main area of the Pictures Hub
Option to enable tap screen to take pictures
Password lock time interval
Zune HD-like shutdown experience
Animated Pictures Hub tile
Recent games list
Improved Avatar animations (changes based on message context)
Improved call screen
Quick Events
Sync Twitter followers to the People Hub
Pictures Hub live tile slideshow
Talking caller ID
Fast Async
Avatar Awardables
Game add-ons
Photo apps included in the Pictures Hub
Pin photo albums to start
Review photos under lock


Location check-ins
Photosynth (possibly as an app)
Windows Live Messenger / Facebook Chat
Bing Vision
Bing Audio
Auditory turn-by-turn navigation
SMS dictation
Colored tiles for Office documents
Support for additional languages
Visual voicemail
Office 365 support
Artist imagery on lock screen
Redesigned Music + Videos Hub
Smart DJ
Playlist management
Enable/disable camera sound
Linked Inbox
Multiple calendars for Windows Live and Exchange accounts
Facebook video uploads (SkyDrive too)
Facebook notifications
Task (To-Do) support (Windows Live and Exchange)
Downloadable content
Front-facing camera
Music and video streaming from SkyDrive
Internet sharing (tethering)
NFC Support
Support for Wi-Fi Hotspots


Mobile Studio
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
Multiple calendars for non-Windows Live accounts
Real-time multiplayer
Lunar dates for the calendar
Expanded flag support for emails
Windows Live Messenger nudge
Windows Live Messenger group chat
Share Xbox LIVE profile on Facebook
Xbox LIVE Party and Voice Chat
Advanced options for LAN connection
Multiple keyboard layouts (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY)
Resizable touch targets for virtual keys
Send customized dictionaries to Microsoft


Xbox LIVE multiplayer toggle
Games Marketplace moved out of Zune
In-app transactions

RE: WP7.5?
By jang_clangle on 9/29/2011 7:34:49 AM , Rating: 2
All your copy pasta tells us that in a year or two wp7 might finally get around to offering all the functionality my Blackberry does today.

I guess for people who actually want facebook and twitter integration (aka 14 year old kids) it's probably real hot stuff.

As I said, I do wish microsoft best of luck with it, but it looks an awful lot like another case of them just "not getting it".

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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