WP7: Microsoft shows off "Mango" at event

 

Microsoft showed off some of the new features of WP7 Mango today. The first feature showed off was the new tiles notification. The People tile has been extended to work with a variety of new social networks and media, Visual Voicemail will also be available in the live tile. You can now set up groups of people and communication features using groups.

 

The typing experience has been improved as well, specifically in auto-correct.

Threads is a new tool that combines many different communication platforms together into one thread of data. You can text, chat, Facebook, Google Chat, all in one thread of conversation.

Linked Inbox made an appearance, letting you combine multiple inboxes into one tile. Permissions are added to messages, so you can add tags like "do not forward," and it will become a locked message. This has a lot of potential for the enterprise folk as well.

Meetings and scheduling has been streamlined, including the addition of Facebook event integration into the calendar. The calendar in general has been updated, and it can now display multiple calendars as different colors, with integration for each calendar entity.

Voice control has been greatly improved, including automatic notification voiceover. Your phone will read you a notification, and it will ask you if you want it to read it back to you. It will give you voice options to read or delete, for example. All this is done by voice command.

Microsoft then talked about some new application enhancements to each WP7 hub. In Photos, the photos are automatically scanned for tagging, and will share those tags across social networks, and smoothly transfers control to other social applications. Some improvements to the Office hub were shown off, especially collaboration and productivity using SkyDrive and an updated Excel app. These improvements will benefit the consumer and the employee equally. Some new features to Games were shown. Multitasking was shown off, and it was extremely smooth, even on a 3D-accelerated game. You can now set a game to pause whenever a notification comes in, and it will resume when you are finished. Better integration with Xbox Live was shown off, and now global scores and other social data are shared in the Xbox Live hub, instead of inside each game.

Application developers can now put notifications in live tiles, and an application by British airways was shown that displayed your current flight status in the app's live tile. The app was also used to show off the possibility for developers to use 3D acceleration in apps outside of the XNA development tool for games, using a 3D walkthrough of a plane to choose seats. They also were ale to display the scannable boarding pass RF box into a live tile. Overall, Microsoft is looking to integrate the app experience deeper into the basic OS experience, instead of keeping apps as silos.

IE9 was announced at the event, and some interesting innovations that will come with it. The HTML5 speed test was run a variety of phones and platforms. On the speed reading test, Blackberry scored 4 fps, and WP7 was running at 26fps. Android maxed out at 10. This is accomplished by hardware acceleration in the phone and browser. New integration features for Bing were shown off that really make search results tie into features in the OS itself, instead of just delivering web links.

The Mango update will be available to all WP7 phones, and will be a simple update on each phone, free of charge.

Carriers will now be able to add a lot more customization to the phones they're releasing. Microsoft announced that that Mango will be the release that gets shipped on the first Nokia phone, and that Nokia phones running mango are already in the lab and working.

The update will be available Fall 2011, however, Neowin has heard rumors that it will be available as soon as September 2011.

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So instead of talking about the actual video and being on topic we're gonna all talk about when fall, autumn and summer are? Seriously guys, get lives.

ON-TOPIC:

The update looks promising, I have an iPhone 4 so I have almost no desire to have a Windows Phone but it does look pretty functional compared to other options (Androids a mess). Here's to competition.

I'm a Blackberry fan - but WP7 is making some very nice progress I must admit. They have some very neat features and looks pretty darn nice.

jasonon said,
could that new generic handset possibly be a nokia device? and when will they deliever a new youtube app!??

Give LazyTube a run - it's very good!

This is nice, but it is too late. After almost 4 years with Microsoft and the mobile phones, I have switched over to Android. Maybe I will consider Microsoft next time in 2 years. I figure by then they will have it all together.

"Facebook event integration into the calendar"

Thank god for this... It was starting to be a pain to copy the event from my FB Calender into outlook then syncing it up again..

Cant wait for this to be released Bring on Mangos

warwagon said,
god that was fugly

yeah...i know what you mean. Convenience, simplicity, and preformance is damn fugly in my books as well.

auziez said,

yeah...i know what you mean. Convenience, simplicity, and preformance is damn fugly in my books as well.

Well that best buy app was really ugly!

Any word about Calendar improvements? Tasks? Categories?
Also did they fix the bug that when you enter your password the numbers you push are highlighted? The first release of Windows XP Tablet Edition had the same issue but, thanks God , they fixed it very quickly.....

Fritzly said,
Any word about Calendar improvements? Tasks? Categories?
Also did they fix the bug that when you enter your password the numbers you push are highlighted? The first release of Windows XP Tablet Edition had the same issue but, thanks God , they fixed it very quickly.....

From the demo there appears to be multi-calendar support and he clearly mentioned Facebook events syncing.

"Carriers will now be able to add a lot more customization to the phones they're releasing",
So, in trying to sell more WP7 phones Microsoft gives carriers free hand , which mean long tests and delays before OS updates.

alexalex said,
"Carriers will now be able to add a lot more customization to the phones they're releasing",
So, in trying to sell more WP7 phones Microsoft gives carriers free hand , which mean long tests and delays before OS updates.

And you're surprised by this.

alexalex said,
which mean long tests and delays before OS updates.

I think MS are finally realizing that carriers networks are not the 'blackbox' they should be and that an open dialog must exist in order to meet target dates.

Being that carriers move slower than Microsoft in most things, it seems that getting partners in earlier in the process is a must. If the tradeoff is more carrier customizability to hit ship date, then so be it.

UndergroundWire said,

And you're surprised by this.

Yes, I am. Carriers can't touch the iPhone which is doing just OK without them messing the phone.

alexalex said,
"Carriers will now be able to add a lot more customization to the phones they're releasing",
So, in trying to sell more WP7 phones Microsoft gives carriers free hand , which mean long tests and delays before OS updates.

Um, ya, they can do stuff like they do with Windows 7 on PCs. In case you haven't noticed, these level of modifications do not affect updates on Windows 7 PCs, and it won't on WP7 either.

This is not Android, the carriers are NOT having to freaking build and compile the code for their modifications.

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The update will be available Fall 2011, however, Neowin has heard rumors that it will be available as soon as September 2011.

I've heard rumors that fall is at September.

The update will be available Fall 2011, however, Neowin has heard rumors that it will be available as soon as September 2011.

Autumn 2011 could be September, October or November. Saying September is certainly more specific than 'Fall'..

Yeah, maybe it's awkward wording, but it is more specific. Anyway, sheesh - semantics.

UndergroundWire said,

I've heard rumors that fall is at September.

In Belgium summer is from 21st of june untill 21st of september. So September is more summer than fall. Is it different in the US?

XerXis said,

In Belgium summer is from 21st of june untill 21st of september. So September is more summer than fall. Is it different in the US?

The same here in Czech Rep...

UndergroundWire said,

I've heard rumors that fall is at September.

Well you're ALL wrong. September is Spring (for us in Australia)! HAHA
You know what, I'd like to see some global timeframes be used when talking about global releases, etc. September is good, we have that as most other parts of the world too. Lets have the release happening in September!

All those in favour?
No matter when, before the end of 2011 sometime will be great and that's the main thing.
Looking forward to it as well as being surprised by new handsets being released later in the year.

Awesome stuff, just need flash and maybe Yahoo messenger integration and we're full circle. I know MS is pushing Bing quite substantially but Bing for the UK is pathetic pretty much. Local Searches and reviews are non-existent to useless. They should approach Google and liaise with them to make Google Maps or whatever or even integrate google into the phone to a certain extent. Obviously MS owns bing so it makes sense for them to only push bing but from a user/customer point of view bing is second best in many cases.

Nothing was said about integration with Xbox, as in control the xbox with the WP7 ... shame really wanted some news on that

That was spectacular, Microsoft really did their home work on this! Nice jab at IPHONE on those html 5 tests!!! hahahahha

"The update will be available Fall 2011, however, Neowin has heard rumors that it will be available as soon as September 2011." THAT IS FALL!!

zikalify said,
"The update will be available Fall 2011, however, Neowin has heard rumors that it will be available as soon as September 2011." THAT IS FALL!!

Or summer...depends on when in September

zikalify said,
"The update will be available Fall 2011, however, Neowin has heard rumors that it will be available as soon as September 2011." THAT IS FALL!!

Ok, you need to stop using the Gmail calendar, the majority of September is Summer...

winaxter said,
I'm surprised no blog mentioned the 4g capability of mango... around the 1 hour 23 minute mark of the live stream

because that's not THAT relevant or surprising. you know that eventually it will be compatible, and the whole thing is transparent to the user anyway

guru said,
nothing on Zune?

It was shown as still being the music service for the phones, no news of its death as people have been predicting since 2006.

AnotherITguy said,
Im not exactly too thrilled small carriers like METRO PCS will take ages to get WIPHONE 7.5
I just unbranded my device, i now get updates when they become available