Microsoft to show off WP7 "Mango" on May 24

Microsoft is working hard to make WP7 not only a competitive player in the mobile OS world, but a platform that dominates the category. Despite a few hiccups with updates, Microsoft has already updated the platform with NoDo and is looking to continue that trend with Mango.

On May 24, Microsoft will be unveiling Mango (via ZDNet), which is expected to be called WP7.5, in New York and in London.  The event will show off what the next generation of the platform and will certainly bring many new features to the table.

A few of the new features have already slipped out including Bing Audio, Bing Vision, Turn-by-Turn navigation, SMS Dictation and more. The update will expand the capabilities of WP7 and should also attract more users to the platform.

What else Microsoft has on deck for the platform remains to be seen, but the platforms desirability is growing with each update. Despite being late to the market, the new UI helps separate WP7 from the other contenders on the market. Couple this with a growing Marketplace, and you have the foundation for future success.

Image Credit: ZDNet

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I wonder if all these HD7 lovers have ever used a HD2 and WM 6.5.......
And yes i do have a HD7, I like the GUI but without a usable calendar, tasks and categories the device does not allow me to do what my older HD2 did.

Ely said,
What a troll, I bet you are an Apple or Android funboy, good for you, I love my HD7 with WP7.

Are you serious ? I've HD7 I can't find any love for it absolutely terrible feeling with beta os

lay_forat said,

Are you serious ? I've HD7 I can't find any love for it absolutely terrible feeling with beta os

Are you a troll too? Are you sure you have a HD7? :L

~Johnny said,

Are you a troll too? Are you sure you have a HD7? :L


I wish if I wasn't sure god damn yes it's HD7 & are you a HD7 troll ? Try to compare with iPhone or android how inferior is wp7 they are copying every evil part of apple locked down the whole thing just look at the bing app on iPad, iPhone and then wp7 bing is awful

Ely said,
What a troll, I bet you are an Apple or Android funboy, good for you, I love my HD7 with WP7.

Ya i'm a troll cause i'm stating a fact. I have nothing against microsoft, i aint nobody's F-in fanboy, i'm just stating the truth. It's trash. I bought an HD7 from tmobile 2 months ago, i wanted to like it. I got it hoping it would be something new and fun to learn about. Only to find out that you can learn everything in about 5 minutes, and i'm not gonna go over the millions of missing features that have been gone over ad nauseam. Ya, maybe i said it in a trollish way...doesn't change the fact that it's garbage.

lay_forat said,

Are you serious ? I've HD7 I can't find any love for it absolutely terrible feeling with beta os

Absolutely NOT! you must be talking about a different phone, mine is stable and super fast feeling, beta OS? Are you serious? WP7 works exactly as I expect it to work, it does exactly what I was promised it would do when I purchased it and more after the nodo update, you probably don't have the same phone or are troll too

StevenMalone77 said,

Ya i'm a troll cause i'm stating a fact. I have nothing against microsoft, i aint nobody's F-in fanboy, i'm just stating the truth. It's trash. I bought an HD7 from tmobile 2 months ago, i wanted to like it. I got it hoping it would be something new and fun to learn about. Only to find out that you can learn everything in about 5 minutes, and i'm not gonna go over the millions of missing features that have been gone over ad nauseam. Ya, maybe i said it in a trollish way...doesn't change the fact that it's garbage.

LOL @ the "millions of missing features" remark, what are you talking about? when I got this phone I knew exactly what features were there, it turns out all the announced features were there and more now, sure WP7 is a new OS, it won't have all the bells and whistles of older mobile OS, but it will get there sooner than we expect.

You know, I agree with the haters that WP7 is a terrible OS, and that no one has one. Microsoft needs to shape up on this, because WP7 is a terrible OS.
-Posted from my Windows Phone

PlogCF said,
You know, I agree with the haters that WP7 is a terrible OS, and that no one has one. Microsoft needs to shape up on this, because WP7 is a terrible OS.
-Posted from my Windows Phone

Sarcasm? It's hard to tell these days

~Johnny said,

Sarcasm? It's hard to tell these days

Yup. But I was curious to see if some other haters would join in with me before realizing, LOL.

I seriously hope this announcement doubles as the launch vehicle for the Mango SDK.
I can't wait to get my hands on the Motion sensor, Raw socket access, 3D emulator and so so much more.....

dotf said,
I seriously hope this announcement doubles as the launch vehicle for the Mango SDK.
I can't wait to get my hands on the Motion sensor, Raw socket access, 3D emulator and so so much more.....

It should be, at MiX they said that they still didn't finalize a date for the new SDK yet but that it would be sometime in May. This event being in May is probably when the new tools will be ready to RTW.

How about some more hardware that balances the playing ground with Android? Gimme a Focus II with a MSM8660 or something.

NXTwoThou said,
How about some more hardware that balances the playing ground with Android? Gimme a Focus II with a MSM8660 or something.

Give me a Focus based on SGS2 with CDMA

NXTwoThou said,
How about some more hardware that balances the playing ground with Android? Gimme a Focus II with a MSM8660 or something.

Ditto... Verizon needs to catch on to all this also - With good hardware.

I'm looking forward to this event as long as Steve Ballmer doesn't give a speech, I think he is ruining MS's image

James_H said,
I'm looking forward to this event as long as Steve Ballmer doesn't give a speech, I think he is ruining MS's image

I still don't get it. What did Ballmer do wrong for Microsoft (except MAYBE he killed the Courier, but yeah, it's not a big deal after all is it?) I really like him, his personality and enthousiam.

James_H said,
I'm looking forward to this event as long as Steve Ballmer doesn't give a speech, I think he is ruining MS's image

Let the Belfiore (did I spell that right) guy speak, he's so passionate about WP7

Jarrichvdv said,

I still don't get it. What did Ballmer do wrong for Microsoft (except MAYBE he killed the Courier, but yeah, it's not a big deal after all is it?) I really like him, his personality and enthousiam.

i just think his wrong person for the Job. Marketing guys generally don't make good CEOs of Tech companies. If Microsoft doesn't want to be Tech company then yeah Balmer is fine.

InfiniteLuke said,
Let the Belfiore (did I spell that right) guy speak, he's so passionate about WP7

Passion without conviction sounds like whining. I've listened to Joe whine enough.
Microsoft do need new keynote presenters, but I don't see anyone in their ranks who could deliver quite the way Bill did in the past.

Maybe get John Papa or Scott Hanselman out to do the speaking. Those guys are passionate developers who speak with the conviction.

Of course the two of them haven't digested the Kool-Aid, which make them loose cannons.
I suppose a big enough public speaking bonus would entice them to stay in rank.

Jarrichvdv said,

I still don't get it. What did Ballmer do wrong for Microsoft (except MAYBE he killed the Courier, but yeah, it's not a big deal after all is it?) I really like him, his personality and enthousiam.

Personality and enthusiasm aren't what a CEO is supposed to be about. Maybe at Apple, but that's an isolated case. It's supposed to be about strategic leadership and knowing how to leverage the business within itself to compete against others. He's failed *miserably* in that respect. Apple has blazed past Microsoft in the smartphone arena and tablets. So has Google.

The only thing Steve Ballmer can write home about is that under his leadership a great OS sold a lot of copies. Woo freaking hoo. It doesn't take leadership to bring a good product to get good sales, it takes leadership to take a lead away from a competitor who's beating them. And with the bungling of how WP7 updates, how Courier was killed and there's no real tablet OS until Windows 8 (ARM support), it shows that Ballmer isn't the guy to be at the top.

Either way, MS has to shape up, and the first way to do that is get rid of Ballmer.

Jarrichvdv said,
(except MAYBE he killed the Courier, but yeah, it's not a big deal after all is it?)
)

No one killed the Courier It was a research project, never intended to be a marketable product. The research was carried out, documented, conclusions made, and then the Research group moved on with life

I'm sure groups from within Microsoft will borrow bit's and pieces of the research work later on down the line - that's what it was for anyway.

James_H said,
I'm looking forward to this event as long as Steve Ballmer doesn't give a speech, I think he is ruining MS's image

Hes not that bad, but i cant see him being strict like some other CEO's which may be why Microsoft is/was kind of slow (i think they are doing better with increasing release pace)

Jarrichvdv said,

I still don't get it. What did Ballmer do wrong for Microsoft (except MAYBE he killed the Courier, but yeah, it's not a big deal after all is it?) I really like him, his personality and enthousiam.

Ballmer focused on the products he liked: Windows and Office. To be fair, these have gotten better, but everything else was dormant for years until market share reports started to scare him about losing the mobile market, the browser market, etc. Most of the perceived dinosaur image MS has is because of Ballmer, and even though now he is doing a much better job catching up, the stigma remains and it wouldn't be a bad idea to put him in the background and have other people be the forefront of MS.