Microsoft this Tuesday unveiled Mango, the next Windows Phone 7 version (codename). According to the company there are over 500 different features in this version. First details, SDK download and release date infos after the break.
Mango Release Date
Microsoft has not announced an official Mango release date, but the release date is currently scheduled for summer 2011. We’ll keep you posted when Microsoft announces an official Mango release date.
Download Mango SDK
A beta developer kit for Mango is now available. You can download the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK beta over at http://create.msdn.com/
Windows Phone 7 Update Called Mango Introduces over 500 New Features
- Background processing
- New profiler and emulator for testing
- Use of Silverlight + XNA together
- Silverlight 4
- IE9 web browser control
- Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally
- Deep linking into apps from notifications and Live Tiles
- Additional sensors; direct camera access, compass & gyro
- Fast application switching
- Networking / sockets for communications
- Local SQL database for structured storage
- Access to calendar and contacts for apps
Microsoft announced Mango has over 500 new features. For existing users of Windows Phone 7, this will be a free of charge upgrade. It will be available on newly shipping Windows Phone 7 devices this fall. However, they have not detailed out the timing and the devices for update yet. That will come later. They are also going to announce the official name for the update later this year.
Microsoft clarified that these 500 features comprise of all the new features for all users of Windows Phone 7. There are three main categories – end users, IT administrators and developers. It will be using IE 9 but security fears have been allayed saying that the Windows Phone 7 has been built with security in mind and hence browser attacks won’t be as successful on this platform as on others.
The Mango update is highly anticipated because it is the first follow up to Microsoft’s total shift in their mobile OS strategy. So people are eager to see what they get up to this time.
Maribel Lopez, principal analyst and founder of Lopez Research exclaimed that 500 new features would actually make it a whole new OS. According to her, it is more about appeasing everyone by giving out all the common features that people have come to want.