Linked inbox and updated people tile shows up in WP7 press image

In recent hours two more possible changes have surfaced for the ‘Mango' update to Windows Phone 7. First up, it was leaked via Twitter, that Mango will include a ‘Linked Inbox' capability, which is rumored to be an improvement over the universal inbox technique used by Apple with the iPhone.

It seems most likely that the Linked Inbox capability will allow users to group together specific email accounts into a single inbox - but may also provide the flexibility of keeping other inbox accounts separate. And in each, case it is anticipated email inboxes of both varieties could be pinned to the home screen in typical Windows Phone 7 style (as is the case with email inboxes on WP7 today).

The above feature (and one more detailed below) is also highlighted in a Windows Phone ‘Mango' press image that was sent to tease media in New Zealand about the upcoming announcement next week. This image has been with some media for over a week, but apparently slipped by unnoticed until today.

The other minor feature is a small change to the Live Tile for the people hub. It appears Mango will now mingle large and small pictures of people on this Live Tile. The images are randomly drawn from images of each user's contacts and friends - whether they are from Facebook, Exchange or a Windows Live account (or no doubt Skype in the future).

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My list of features & NEEDS that must be addressed before I go back to Windows Phone (after being a dedicated Windows Mobile user/supporter for 6+ years, and before Microsoft wiped out the many small but extremely useful features available in WM6.5 and earlier):

- Task support. More than half of all WP7 users need/desire built-in Task support

- Reminder snooze options - 5 minutes ONLY is silly. Pre-WP7 devices gave us choices of 5, 15, 30 min, 1 hour or 1 day snooze options. EXTREMELY useful. Now we're stuck with 5 min only (annoying)

- NO category support (Pre-WP7 devices and even Blackberry's have this). This is very important for Microsoft Outlook users, business users and people who like to organize their calendar, tasks and emails.

- Inability to show MORE THAN ONE upcoming calendar appointment on the Home screen. Drives me nuts not being able to see a quick glance of next few appointments from the home screen without fully opening the calendar app.

- Address book entries don't appear in the dialer as you dial--in other words, if you start to dial (702) 895.....and a contact entry with that number is already exist in the phone, it doesn't appear. You must now type the entire number to dial it. EVEN BASIC PHONES today have the feature that allow you to simply select an address book entry that's already in the phone after typing in the first 2+ numbers.

- No tethering support (I see some form of this is coming after Mango, so I may be able to cross off)

- Hidden signal meter

The unified Inbox was on this list but crossed off now. These other features/needs need to be addressed before it can truely become the best mobile phone platform.

My list of features & NEEDS that must be addressed before I go back to Windows Phone (after being a dedicated Windows Mobile user/supporter for 6+ years, and before Microsoft wiped out the many small but extremely useful features available in WM6.5 and earlier):

- Task support. More than half of all WP7 users need/desire built-in Task support

- Reminder snooze options - 5 minutes ONLY is silly. Pre WP7 devices gave us choices of 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 or 1 day snooze options. EXTREMELY useful. Now we're stuck with 5 min (annoying)

- NO category support (Pre-WP7 devices and even Blackberry have this). This is very important for Microsoft Outlook users, business users and people who like to organize their calendar, tasks and emails.

- Inability to add MORE THAN ONE upcoming calendar appointment on the Home screen. Drives me nuts not being able to see a quick glance of next few appointments from the home screen without fully opening the calendar app.

- Address book entries don't appear in the dialer as you dial--in other words, if you start to dial (702) 895.....and a contact entry with that number is already exist in the phone, it doesn't appear. You must now type the entire number to dial it. EVEN BASIC PHONES today have the feature that allow you to simply select an address book entry that's already in the phone after typing in the first 2+ numbers.

- No tethering support (I see some form of this is coming after Mango, so I may be able to cross off)

- Hidden signal meter

The unified Inbox was on this list but crossed off now. These other features/needs need to be addressed before it can truely become the best mobile phone platform.

The change to the people hub tile makes the image look kind of creepy in the pic above... Maybe they shouldn't have changed that... :-\

Things on my wish list:

- Bluetooth file transfer
- Sending video via MMS
- Better enterprise support (Exchange policies, Encryption, device management)
- Call stats
- Ability to side-load applications would be epic (for business use we don't allow live ID's so no marketplace...!)
- Hidden Wifi support and WPA2-Enterprise support (may already have the latter)
- Facebook notifications!

I WANT BACKGROUNDS!!!!! Here's an Idea Microsoft, stop with the scrolling for the live tiles and do several pages of tiles so that we can do live backgrounds as well. Live Backgrounds are my fav feature of android, but I HATE GOOGLE! I WANT IT TO DIE A LONG AGONIZING DEATH AND THEN GO TO HELL AND SUFFER FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!!! Also, STOP USING TRIDENT!!!!!!! You guys cannot make a good browser that works with EVERY WEBSITE, to save your life. Here's a good example:
http://www.synvox.net/ go there in ie9 and Chrome to see the difference. My friend developed this site using all standard html5 coding and yet for some stupid reason, his awesome slideshow won't show up using ie9 or ie10. THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!!
Also, Microsoft should make a deal like palm did with the pre 2, and select a carrier to give us the opportunity to have Wi-Fi tethering for free, or let us hack the **** out of the OS so that we can get it for free.

There is a lot of missing functionality to put in:
- File Explorer
- Control Panel
- Set custom ringtone (from MP3, WMA)
- Load apps via Zune
- Customize Home Screen, Program Files display mode (tile, list, sort, manually order)

It seems like Microsoft is working on communication and messaging stuff but it forgets the basic functionality that an operating system should support and offer.

zoligeotop said,
There is a lot of missing functionality to put in:
- File Explorer
- Control Panel
- Set custom ringtone (from MP3, WMA)
- Load apps via Zune
- Customize Home Screen, Program Files display mode (tile, list, sort, manually order)

It seems like Microsoft is working on communication and messaging stuff but it forgets the basic functionality that an operating system should support and offer.

Well, custom ringtones are in Mango, and I really have no idea what you mean by "load apps via Zune"... You can get apps via Zune now...

And there are a LOT of other features coming in WP7.5, like IE9 with full HTML5 and Silverlight support, Visual Voicemail, HUGE developer improvements, Twitter in the People Hub, More corporate features, Multitasking support, Turn by turn navigation, Significant Bing improvements, SMS Dictation (Though I wish this worked in texts too...), XBox Live improvements, etc...

It's a lot more than "communication and messaging stuff"...

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, custom ringtones are in Mango, and I really have no idea what you mean by "load apps via Zune"... You can get apps via Zune now...

I have a USB connection to PC, no wireless network is available, Zune is started. Marketplace notifies me I have several app updates, when I try to update them , it says that I should disconnect to view the content, but if I disconnect , I have no more internet connection, so the update can not be done. So that's what I mean.

Please, Microsoft (or hardware makers), just let the Bluetooth work in my car!

I won't use WP7 unless it works on my car's Bluetooth without buying an accessory. Currently, I have tried 5 different Samsung Focus' (3 were my own, as I went through two broken handsets and finally returned the last for not working in my car; I thought it was the handset's fault, but it turns out it's just a Samsung Focus and possibly even a WP7 issue) in my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Every time I try to initiate a phone call using the car, it "dials," but it never actually dials on the phone (it is able to read the entire phone's address book, so it clearly is connected). Every other phone, including my iPhone 4 and old iPhone 3GS work perfectly.

pickypg said,
Please, Microsoft (or hardware makers), just let the Bluetooth work in my car!

I won't use WP7 unless it works on my car's Bluetooth without buying an accessory. Currently, I have tried 5 different Samsung Focus' (3 were my own, as I went through two broken handsets and finally returned the last for not working in my car; I thought it was the handset's fault, but it turns out it's just a Samsung Focus and possibly even a WP7 issue) in my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Every time I try to initiate a phone call using the car, it "dials," but it never actually dials on the phone (it is able to read the entire phone's address book, so it clearly is connected). Every other phone, including my iPhone 4 and old iPhone 3GS work perfectly.

My Samsung Focus works flawlessy with my Sony Bluetooth car stereo - and has done with every other bluetooth unit I've used it with too.

Ohk, I know this is wrong post but my people hub icon doesn't look beautiful like this because all of my contacts are not good looking or they don't take picture with Pro-SLR

I'm really looking forward to get Mango. I will add tons of great features to already great phones.

Hopefully, they have solved the image-quality issues with the people and me tiles, and the contact's image when someone calls you. The quality is horrible, I don't why they haven't solved it yet.

Mashing together pictures of your contacts is all well and good when all your contact pictures are taken by a professional photographer. Imagine how that would look with the pictures in your own phone book right now.

... Mine would not be pretty.

JamesWeb said,
Mashing together pictures of your contacts is all well and good when all your contact pictures are taken by a professional photographer. Imagine how that would look with the pictures in your own phone book right now.

... Mine would not be pretty.


but it also gives preference to contact's facebook photo over what you have.

norseman said,
I'm hoping for tethering or wifi hotspot functionality.

This was confirmed in a recent leak. I doubt we'll see tethering but Wifi hotspot fills that need and then some.

norseman said,
I'm hoping for tethering or wifi hotspot functionality.

Wi-Fi Hotspot support via Microsoft NCIS is coming. I'm super excited about Mango, is there anything they're leaving out in terms of big ticket items?!

Well for me it's the little things which don't advertise themselves as features very well but are not bug fixes either, just half-baked implementations.
- Separate system sounds from the ringer volume/mute
- Be able to send and reveive contact details via SMS, e-mail, Bluetooth
- Call History with duration (last call, all calls)
- SMS History stats
- Data usage stats
- Conditional formatting, passwords, or anything other than basic features in Excel
- Local Office Documents sync - can't use SkyDrive or Office365 at work
- Tasks, Notes in Outlook
That list goes on and on and while gaining IE9 is great, I'd rather fix those little things first through smaller, more frequent updates.

CtrlShift said,

Wi-Fi Hotspot support via Microsoft NCIS is coming. I'm super excited about Mango, is there anything they're leaving out in terms of big ticket items?!

- Separate system sounds from the ringer volume/mute

OMG this drives me crazy, I NEED this

- Be able to send and reveive contact details via SMS, e-mail, Bluetooth
would be handy
other stuff might be nice, but those 2 are required. I want them NOW. but i actually Do LOVE wp7.
Well for me it's the little things which don't advertise themselves as features very well but are not bug fixes either, just half-baked implementations.
- Separate system sounds from the ringer volume/mute
- Be able to send and reveive contact details via SMS, e-mail, Bluetooth
- Call History with duration (last call, all calls)
- SMS History stats
- Data usage stats
- Conditional formatting, passwords, or anything other than basic features in Excel
- Local Office Documents sync - can't use SkyDrive or Office365 at work
- Tasks, Notes in Outlook
That list goes on and on and while gaining IE9 is great, I'd rather fix those little things first through smaller, more frequent updates.

Big fan of this, going to be synching my hotmail, gmail and exchange mail boxes and this is a welcome change. However I would prefer it to look like this:

| <> 9|
| 12 3|

So a counter in each corner, I know this would be limited to 4 but theoretically you could do 6 although it might look messy. But that would keep in with their glance and go marketing approach.

Mango is shaping up pretty nicely. Not sure about the people tile though ; the graphic needs to be less complex IMO

gawicks said,
Mango is shaping up pretty nicely. Not sure about the people tile though ; the graphic needs to be less complex IMO

It's a live tile. It's caught in a transition. The complexity of the tile will undoubtedly change through it's animation cycle.

jimmyfal said,
Front facing camera, and 4g. That's my list.

Forgot about that one, big yes on those two, 4G is starting to become mainstream, and MS needs to keep up with the crowd. The lack of dual core processors for the fall is another msis : /

Omen1393 said,

Forgot about that one, big yes on those two, 4G is starting to become mainstream, and MS needs to keep up with the crowd. The lack of dual core processors for the fall is another msis : /

Rumor is that Nokia's bash in Q1 of 2012 will be tegra 2...mmm tegra2.

jimmyfal said,
Front facing camera, and 4g. That's my list.
I would also add 'high-pixel-density' display to that list.

FMH said,
I would also add 'high-pixel-density' display to that list.

Go and get your iDevice then.

No FF Camera. 4G is a possibility since Microsoft are expanding Qualcomm chip compatability.

dotf said,

Go and get your iDevice then.

No FF Camera. 4G is a possibility since Microsoft are expanding Qualcomm chip compatability.

ummm the new specs allow for a front facing camera... soo.....

jimmyfal said,
Front facing camera, and 4g. That's my list.

4G, eh? Exactly were in the world is 4G available? You know, the actual 4G standard, not some marketing crap.

KavazovAngel said,

4G, eh? Exactly were in the world is 4G available? You know, the actual 4G standard, not some marketing crap.


VERIZON AND SPRINT USE ACTUAL 4G STANDARDS (Well future versions of LTE and WiMax will be true 4G). On a side note, It seems that everyone is doing LTE, though. That's a good thing. WiMax will probably die out, considering it is the slower of the two standards.

what said,
Asking for a high dpi screen makes you an applefag now?

Your words.

Why bother with a high PPI when the resolution is a fixed part of the platform?

Are you saying you want a wp7 watch?

That would be super cool....

I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

To be honest with you, the amount of apps in terms of quantity don't mean much to me. I'd rather see high quality apps and we're stating to see many of those popping up lately.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

To be honest with you, the amount of apps in terms of quantity don't mean much to me. I'd rather see high quality apps and we're stating to see many of those popping up lately.

CarlDilone said,

To be honest with you, the amount of apps in terms of quantity don't mean much to me. I'd rather see high quality apps and we're stating to see many of those popping up lately.

True.

Unfortunately, the majority of population is stupid.

CarlDilone said,

To be honest with you, the amount of apps in terms of quantity don't mean much to me. I'd rather see high quality apps and we're stating to see many of those popping up lately.

The amount of apps does not directly correlate with the quality of the apps, but with a higher amount of apps, there are more consumers, with more consumers there are more developers, and a higher chance that one of those developers can make a high quality app. Personally for me, all I want at this point is a Pandora, Skype, Fring, and Civilization Revolution, and something similar to Google Goggles, hopefully this all comes in the fall.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

WP7 is great and Mango will make it even better. But there are still some features missing:
A File Browser, the ability to use the phone as a flash drive, bluetooth file transfer and homebrew apps.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

Aside from quality, I'd like a better way to FIND apps. There aren't enough ways to sort apps and find something you'd be interested in. It drives me nuts trying to find anything when I have to ignore the 15,000 prayer-reminder apps. Why can't I filter out anything with "prayer" or "Islam" or "Christian" in the description, for example?

Skwerl said,

Aside from quality, I'd like a better way to FIND apps. There aren't enough ways to sort apps and find something you'd be interested in. It drives me nuts trying to find anything when I have to ignore the 15,000 prayer-reminder apps. Why can't I filter out anything with "prayer" or "Islam" or "Christian" in the description, for example?

You obvious have not been paying attention. Mango will include several new ways to search for and discover apps. Look up the MIX 2011 demo or wait till the 24th for more details.

wolftail said,

WP7 is great and Mango will make it even better. But there are still some features missing:
A File Browser, the ability to use the phone as a flash drive, bluetooth file transfer and homebrew apps.

All the features you mention are tech spec and not needed by the common user base.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.
Is connecting to hidden WiFi in Mango? If not, that's one thing I can think of to add.

zeke009 said,
Is connecting to hidden WiFi in Mango? If not, that's one thing I can think of to add.

Yes it is there. That was leaked last week. Official Mango event May 24th. I seriously hope the developer tools are available then. I can't wait to play with the new 'MotionSensor'.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

I like the look of the Quantas app that was demo'd at the mix - forget garlic bread that's the future.

wolftail said,

WP7 is great and Mango will make it even better. But there are still some features missing:
A File Browser, the ability to use the phone as a flash drive, bluetooth file transfer and homebrew apps.

You can do most of that through homebrew methods....now

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

They need HD-out, like on the Zune HD. That way I can completely replace my HD and have one device that does everything.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

I'd like to see a way to send video. That's available on pretty basic feature phones.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

BACKGROUNDS!!!!! I do not like black or white as our only choices for backgrounds. idk how, but live bkgds would also be very cool.

Omen1393 said,
I honestly can't think of anything else Microsoft could do in Mango, I think they've filled almost every gap in terms of functionality. The only gap now is the amount of apps and a user base.

Seriously??? Here's a few very important features that were wiped out in the WP7 reboot:

- No Task support. More than half of all WP7 users need/desire built-in Task support

- Reminder snooze options - 5 minutes ONLY is ridiculous. Pre WP7 devices gave us choices of 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 or 1 day snooze options. EXTREMELY useful. Now we're stuck with 5 min (annoying)

- NO category support (Pre-WP7 devices and even Blackberry have this). This is very important for Microsoft Outlook users, business users and people who like to organize their calendar, tasks and emails.

- Inability to add MORE THAN ONE upcoming calendar appointment on the Home screen. Drives me nuts not being able to see a quick glance of next few appointments from the home screen without fully opening the calendar app.

- Address book entries don't appear in the dialer as you dial--in other words, if you start to dial (702) 895.....and a contact entry with that number is already exist in the phone, it doesn't appear. You must now type the entire number to dial it. EVEN BASIC PHONES today have the feature that allow you to simply select an address book entry that's already in the phone after typing in the first 2+ numbers.

- No tethering support

- Hidden signal meter

The unified Inbox was on this list but crossed off now. These other features/needs need to be addressed before it can truely become THE mobile phone platform again.