Microsoft demonstrates Windows Phone 7 Mango update

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Today at MIX11, Microsoft talked about the next big update for Windows Phone 7, dubbed 'Mango'. The update will bring a number of bug fixes, features, stability improvements and overall a better user friendly experience.

Mango will feature an additional 16 languages worldwide and will expand its marketplace to 35 countries worldwide.

The Mango update will also feature enhancements to make searching bigger app lists easier. The software will detect if you have a lot of apps installed; categorizing them by letter. Microsoft is including a new search function to help you find your applications quicker by searching by name.

The next Windows Phone 7 update will also come with a handy screenshot and camera roll navigation, to make showing off your pictures with friends easier.

Mango will also bring a big update in search functionality. With the power of Bing, users will be able to search for movies, restaurants, and other nearby businesses for you to visit. The improved search function, called "Search Extras", will make launching applications like IMDB from the web to your relevant search content open in one touch.

Microsoft will ship Internet Explorer 9 Mobile with the Mango update.

IE9 running on Mango

Microsoft demonstrated the power of HTML5 and IE9 running on Windows Phone 7 "Mango" by showing streaming music from the web. During the demonstration, Microsoft showed off the power of IE9 and HTML5 on Windows Phone 7 by comparing the iPhone 4 and Nexus S in a speed test of browser rendering.

Some other notable features on the Mango update is the ability to pin in-app pages to your home page, making it easier to jump to a specific feature or page within an application easier to access.

Mango will also bring multitasking to Windows Phone 7, giving users the ability to switch between applications without exiting out of the application. The new multitasking will allow third party apps to play music in the background. Mango will feature a new feature called "Live Agents", which turns your device in a real smart multitasking device. The Live Agents will detect if you're plugged into a power source or connected to a WiFi network, allowing the device to use more battery power and more data.

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haha my wait for verizon hopefully will produce a new handset. the current ones are on the verge on being replaced. i'm not sure why verizon would get the 6 month old trophy as its phone, but hey its not a terrible phone?

carson2255 said,
Which phones are those that they are displaying, I havent seen a ASUS WP7 yet, and dont know what the other one is

Asus is allegedly waiting for Mango to release their phones, and Microsoft has had builds for quite a while now.

Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

Skwerl said,
Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

They announced/showed sockets support during the keynote. An IRC app was shown, as well as announcement for Skype.

Skwerl said,
Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

Mango will bring full socket support as well. They demoed a working IRC app in the keynote.

Skwerl said,
Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

You're getting sockets. They demoed it in the keynote. This article is far less exciting than all the things they mentioned.

burnblue said,

You're getting sockets. They demoed it in the keynote. This article is far less exciting than all the things they mentioned.


Which is strange. You'd think the article would be better... *sigh*

Skwerl said,
Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

Raw socket access is coming. it was demoed in the Keynote when the developer on stage launched his IRC client. Tools to devs next month.

Skwerl said,
Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

In Mango, we'll have sockets.

Skwerl said,
Sockets. Sockets. Sockets! When will we have sockets? There are several apps I would like to write, but they're impossible without socket communication.

When? Next month. I know, exciting!

This is what I expected since WP7 debuted last year. Microsoft will keep the pace and tweak/improve/add features over time. Can't wait to see it on my phone.

ajua said,
This is what I expected since WP7 debuted last year. Microsoft will keep the pace and tweak/improve/add features over time. Can't wait to see it on my phone.

Yep. I hope they keep it up. I want to see what else is planned...

dotf said,
Love the new tools being released next month to help develop for the mango release.

Accelerometer and location support in the emulator


Sounds great. I can't wait to see what more they expose to developers...

Not a cool enough list to have to wait that long for, sorry. How about something as dumb and simple as being able to push a point on my bing map and have it display on my Bing mapp account on the pc?

jimmyfal said,
Not a cool enough list to have to wait that long for, sorry. How about something as dumb and simple as being able to push a point on my bing map and have it display on my Bing mapp account on the pc?

It's not a cool enough list because they didn't list everything. They talked about much more at MIX today.

At the rate No-Do is going with AT&T, I expect to see Mango arrive sometime around Summer/Fall 2012. </snark>

Seriously though, MS is gonna have to pick up the pace or all of these Mango features are already gonna be out from the homebrew crowd long before it rolls out officially.

carson2255 said,
I hope they come out with support for external mini sd cards that can be read on other devices.

I agree. I like to swap out my music on my phone that way. Or at least expand more as I need it.

If they don't get the update process fixed and streamlined, people are just going to get more annoyed than happy, because some WP7 customers will get the Mango update, and others will have to wait.

It's really something that needs to be explained and fixed well before they start pushing Mango out the door.

Just watched the keynote. The Mango update is going to be massive. Hopefully they will also add EQ and separate volume control support. Can't wait! =)

floopydoodle said,
Just watched the keynote. The Mango update is going to be massive. Hopefully they will also add EQ and separate volume control support. Can't wait! =)

Yes Neowin is just scratching the surface here. Developer features are just plain awesome .

1500+ new API .XNA and Silverlight melding . Impressive tooling support .Performance improvemets,Deep linking, Tighter hubs integration etc ;

Big Surprises.

gawicks said,

Yes Neowin is just scratching the surface here. Developer features are just plain awesome .

1500+ new API .XNA and Silverlight melding . Impressive tooling support .Performance improvemets,Deep linking, Tighter hubs integration etc ;

Big Surprises.


Is there a link that better details these changes?

floopydoodle said,
Just watched the keynote. The Mango update is going to be massive. Hopefully they will also add EQ and separate volume control support. Can't wait! =)

If you are serious about music, you wouldnt be using an EQ anyway

floopydoodle said,
Just watched the keynote. The Mango update is going to be massive. Hopefully they will also add EQ and separate volume control support. Can't wait! =)
HTC Sound Enhancer.

bdsams said,
After the mango update, I will be far more attracted to the platform...things are looking up for WP7

Indeed. Maybe it will even be on Verizon by then...