Microsoft wants Windows Phone 7 Mango apps now

While most of the attention this week at Microsoft's BUILD Conference in Anaheim, California has centered on Windows 8, that doesn't mean Microsoft is ignoring the imminent launch of the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, otherwise known as the Mango update. In the latest update to the Windows Phone 7 Developers blog site, Microsoft's Matt Bencke has a message for WP7 app developers: "The time to get your Mango apps into Marketplace is now." He added, "At a minimum it’s worth updating your existing app now so that when customers experience Mango they benefit from 'fast app switching' multitasking, which requires little more than a recompile of the app.  If you want to stand out from the crowd, get your apps updated to take advantage of other Mango features like Live Tiles and App Connect." Unfortunately Bencke didn't go into detail on when the Mango update will be released other than a vague and broad "this fall" time table.

Bencke also seems to confirm that easy porting of Windows Phone 7 apps to Windows 8 and vise versa is available. He states, "As the Windows Phone Runtime evolves, we plan to align the PC and Windows Phone platforms as much as possible. For example as demonstrated yesterday, developers will soon be able to easily share XAML and C# code between the PC and Windows Phone. And for developers building Windows Phone apps today, those apps will work on Mango and on the next major release of Windows Phone as well. Any app that you have built, or build today, will just work."

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Steven Hutchison said,
No one uses windows phone anyways so why even waste your time.

go to your cave or under the bridge you came from troll

Getting tired of people basing release dates on rumors only to bash said company on how horrible they are and how they missed their target dates again.

Until its officially announced ignore all portential release dates, no matter who the source is.

It would've been nice but they're going to give devs more time to update their apps etc. I think we'll still get it before the end of the month though. Well, as far as the updating rolling out, dunno how quick the users on different carriers will get it.

GP007 said,
It would've been nice but they're going to give devs more time to update their apps etc. I think we'll still get it before the end of the month though. Well, as far as the updating rolling out, dunno how quick the users on different carriers will get it.
Let me just say that the tools have been around since at least july... and they did wanr about a month before 22nd august was the date to submit... how much time does it take to enable resume and multitasking??

Jarrichvdv said,
So the rumours are false, again? No Mango on September 15? Damn, getting tired of all faith getting bashed.
The 15 September hasn't ended so it could still happen.