Visual voicemail coming to Windows Phone

As we previously covered here at Neowin.net, Microsoft have stated that one of the 500 features coming to the Windows Phone platform with the Mango update, is visual voicemail. The feature, allows the user to visually see messages that people have recorded and has numerous options available that previously could only be done by telephoning a specific service.

The video which is from pocketnow.com is a walkthrough of the functionality which can be found by tapping the phone tile, with the voicemail 'pivot' being selectable from the options at the top. Long time users will notice that the voicemail option which was previously located at the bottom of the phone screen, is no longer there.

The idea of having visual voicemail available as an option is nothing new when comparing it to what other phone operating systems have to offer. The feature is already available on the iPhone and applications are available for use on Google's Android phones. It's no surprise therefore that Microsoft are adding the ability in order to level out the playing field with the competition.

While visual voicemail by itself is not a spectacular feature, it does show how much effort Microsoft is putting into making Mango a significant update for phone users. Along with this new feature, we'll be seeing other useful updates such as Internet Explorer 9, live tiles on the dashboard and the ability to have more than one calendar (including Facebook events).

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day2die said,

Name those 99999 things.

He was exaggerating but...

Google Voice, Voice Search (Speech to Email, Speech to Search, Speech to Navigation, Speech to Map, Speech to Call, Speech to Music, Speech to Web, Speech to Note), a great navigation system that has the ability to download maps, and transportation directions, walking directions, bike and hike trail directions, Adobe Flash (more popular than Silverlight).

These are just the ones I can think of from the top of my head.

On a side note, have you seen the latest comScore numbers? Microsoft dropped almost 2%. They are now at a 5.8% market share. Yikes!

When Android came out, it was slowly going up. And it was only on one carrier. Pathetic, right?

UndergroundWire said,

He was exaggerating but...

Google Voice, Voice Search (Speech to Email, Speech to Search, Speech to Navigation, Speech to Map, Speech to Call, Speech to Music, Speech to Web, Speech to Note), a great navigation system that has the ability to download maps, and transportation directions, walking directions, bike and hike trail directions, Adobe Flash (more popular than Silverlight).

These are just the ones I can think of from the top of my head.

On a side note, have you seen the latest comScore numbers? Microsoft dropped almost 2%. They are now at a 5.8% market share. Yikes!

When Android came out, it was slowly going up. And it was only on one carrier. Pathetic, right?


You really know nothing about WP7 do you?? It has GREAT voice support, which is only improving in Mango... In fact, of your above list, what it doesn't do now, it will in Mango.

So, I guess the real question is "Why are you posting on a news article about something you obviously know nothing about and only wish to troll?"

UndergroundWire said,

He was exaggerating but...

Google Voice, Voice Search (Speech to Email, Speech to Search, Speech to Navigation, Speech to Map, Speech to Call, Speech to Music, Speech to Web, Speech to Note), a great navigation system that has the ability to download maps, and transportation directions, walking directions, bike and hike trail directions, Adobe Flash (more popular than Silverlight).

These are just the ones I can think of from the top of my head.

On a side note, have you seen the latest comScore numbers? Microsoft dropped almost 2%. They are now at a 5.8% market share. Yikes!

When Android came out, it was slowly going up. And it was only on one carrier. Pathetic, right?

Now you are going the other direction..

You realize Google Voice works with any phone, right? And you also realize that the Speech to... features you list are in WP7 and being updated in Mango even more? You also know that servier side speech was in Windows Mobile and available via a 800/Live phone number before Android existed?

You realize that the Bing takeover of the Microsoft Virtual Earth and expedia and other mapping technologies was untimely for WP7, as these features were available on Windows Mobile prior to WP7? Now everyone knows why the Bing Map features have been put on hold, with the navigation system not being turned back on is because of the integration/combining of the Microsoft and Nokia mapping technologies. It isn't like Microsoft wasn't doing this, as you could buy navigation software with a serial GPS interface for you laptop back in the late 90s, and it was on Windows PocketPC phones in the early 00s. So picking this out as a major missing feature is a bit dishonest, as you, like everyone knows will be available again for WP7 when the server technologies get in place.

The majority of things people 'cite' or App level features missing from either plaltform, and this is also dishonest. Because if an App can fufill the role and 'integrate' into the experience fairly seamlessly, it doesn't matter if the OS includes it or not.

So the debate is really about OS functionality.

When Mango hits and the WinCE 7.x kernel gets into WP7 and more of the OS features are added to the UI levels of the WP7 Sillverlight OS platform is when the tipping point of what Android's OS is capable of and offers to Apps and what WP7 is capable of and offers to Apps shifts. Right now Android has a few OS level features that give it 'more', after Mango though, this slides dramatically in favor of WP7.

Right now even Android has no GPU accelerated UI and can't put the pixels to the screen at the level the GPUs should be capable of in gaming. (WP7 is putting out bettter 3D gaming quality and performance on slower GPUs - in fact breaking the previous benchmark numbers of the Adreno GPU that Qualcomm had demonstrated based on their Linux and Android testing of the GPU.)

These are things that Android is 'trying' to fix, but even if they implement the GPU accelerated UI, it doesn't mean current Apps will inherent the functionality (not an object oriented OS platform like WP7).

Android also can't just 'fix' the problems of the Linux kernel and driver model or OpenGL performance, as they extend beyond Google and are inherent flaws in Linux and the OS model as a whole and OpenGL.

Android has some true architectural problems that are far to technical and detailed for a place like this, that WP7 avoid and even Windows NT itself avoids, and why Windows NT was designed to NOT BE like UNIX or use existing OS kernel technologies.

thenetavenger said,
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Google Voice works best with Android. For obvious reasons, Voice has better integration with Android.

Everything else you say, (I'm sorry that was absolutely boring to read so I skimmed it) Do you think the average consumer cares? Do you realize what kind of Stigma the Microsoft name carries? Microsoft keeps drop a percentage every quarter. Android is number one world wide. Do you really think people go into technical aspects? Or is the Android operating system appealing because of it's features it offers, and how customizable it is?

M_Lyons10 said,
It has GREAT voice support, which is only improving in Mango...

LOL, on "Great" + WP7. Only a fanboy can say something so stupid. Microsoft Fanboys are hysterical.

Anyway, it so happens I am a tech junkie. I have two Android devices (HTC Thunderbolt and a Motorola Xoom). I also have one iOS device (iPad WiFi). I can't buy a WP7 or Blackberry because they just SUCK.

However, I follow news on these products on what the future holds for it.

So some of the features you are getting in Mango is getting Conversation View, Facebook Notifications, Bing Local Scout and Music Search, Facebook Events Integration (WOW about time for something so stupid right?), Multitasking with a task manager (Yawn, apps have to re-written to take advantage of that), Sharing links in IE to Social networks (Why not share them to a text message or an email? How come you can't share pictures.), AutoFix Pictures option.

Wow some real game changer features there. </s>

UndergroundWire said,

...

Pre-Mango Voice support was diabolical... I am sorry but I have to admit the rubbish thing never worked properly for me. Pressing and holding the Home key then speaking... Mango on the other hand well the difference is like night and day.

I do not understand why you are calling people fanboys. Its clear you are one yourself, Stop showing yourself up...

Noveed said,

Pre-Mango Voice support was diabolical... I am sorry but I have to admit the rubbish thing never worked properly for me. Pressing and holding the Home key then speaking... Mango on the other hand well the difference is like night and day.

I do not understand why you are calling people fanboys. Its clear you are one yourself, Stop showing yourself up...

I'm sorry if you think I am a fanboy. But why did I credit to iOS and WebOS on certain things if I am such a Fanboy? Just read my posts above. If that makes me an Android Fanboy, then these Microsoft Jerks are just uber Fanboys.

Stop looking stupid and read my posts.

UndergroundWire said,

I'm sorry if you think I am a fanboy. But why did I credit to iOS and WebOS on certain things if I am such a Fanboy? Just read my posts above. If that makes me an Android Fanboy, then these Microsoft Jerks are just uber Fanboys.

Stop looking stupid and read my posts.

Just because you credit 2 OSs does not make you any less off a fanboy. Stop slagging other members off and try to hide behind the veil of "crediting"

Noveed said,

Just because you credit 2 OSs does not make you any less off a fanboy. Stop slagging other members off and try to hide behind the veil of "crediting"

I give credit where credit is due. Windows Fail 7 has proven anything at all. It's just there slowly fading away. I wonder if Nokia will really make a dent on the Market share?

UndergroundWire said,

I give credit where credit is due. Windows Fail 7 has proven anything at all. It's just there slowly fading away. I wonder if Nokia will really make a dent on the Market share?

Not really you've trolled, and trolled more. With no evidence to back up your pub talk statistics.

Noveed said,

Not really you've trolled, and trolled more. With no evidence to back up your pub talk statistics.

I don't give evidence until you fanboys start posting evidence yourself. You know how many idiots have so many stupid things here about Windows Fail 7. With no evidence to back it.

Windows Phone 7 is an intuitive OS, WP7 has SMS to Text and Android doesn't (I mean that one was just sheer stupidity). Just look and read on what these idiots are writing. I can go on and on.

Good day sir.

XIII said,
I still don't see why Android users and WP7 users keep on fighting over stupid things. Both platforms are pretty innovative and there will be a lot of great things coming in the near future. iOShit, on the other hand, just went down the road of copying other OSes so it's not even worth mentioned anymore...

I really don't see it either. I mean, Android is far superior. Microsoft has like 5% Market share (mostly fanboys I'm sure).

UndergroundWire said,

I really don't see it either. I mean, Android is far superior. Microsoft has like 5% Market share (mostly fanboys I'm sure).


Market share != technological advancements.
Market share == marketing
Apple and Google have been good marketers, but that doesn't mean that they have better products. People pick things for marketing. Many studies have shown this. When you go out and post unintelligent assertions such as this, you really work to discredit yourself even further. I doubt that anyone here, other than Flawed or Microsoft_Bob here, even listens to you anymore. Why don't you log off of Neowin until you can understand what it means to not be a troll, okay?

PlogCF said,

Market share != technological advancements.
Market share == marketing
Apple and Google have been good marketers, but that doesn't mean that they have better products. People pick things for marketing. Many studies have shown this. When you go out and post unintelligent assertions such as this, you really work to discredit yourself even further. I doubt that anyone here, other than Flawed or Microsoft_Bob here, even listens to you anymore. Why don't you log off of Neowin until you can understand what it means to not be a troll, okay?

So Market Share = Marketing. A low number is good? Then by god, Microsoft is doing rather well. Didn't Microsoft spend 1.5 billion on Windows Fail 7? Great use of that money for there marketing. The only commercials I saw of WF7 is "It's a phone you don't need to look at". Ok Now it has become 'If I don't want to look at it, I'm not buy it"

Obviously you are listening to me as well as the other Microsoft Fanboys who keep responding. I'd rather not log off, I want to see if you continue to listen?

Good day sir.

Reference the iPhone vvm feature. In the UK, the only carrier to support VVM is O2.. I moved to Vodafone and was told 'we have no plans to support VVM' - instead I use a free app called 'Hullomail' which does the same thing and more (http://www.hullomail.com)

Reading some of the comments here, you'd think choosing a phone OS was a life-or-death situation. It's a phone. People pick their OS for different reasons. I honestly can't understand why people can't just let people make their choices without criticizing. After all, their decision affects you in absolutely no way.

On to the article, I find the feature interesting only insofar as it's one step closer to some futuristic film. But I've had the ability to video call people for a while now and I don't use it; the idea of looking at a blank screen while leaving a voicemail message just seems odd to me.

But as I mentioned at the start, to each their own. Maybe others will find a use for it.

Intrinsica said,
Reading some of the comments here, you'd think choosing a phone OS was a life-or-death situation. It's a phone. People pick their OS for different reasons. I honestly can't understand why people can't just let people make their choices without criticizing. After all, their decision affects you in absolutely no way.

On to the article, I find the feature interesting only insofar as it's one step closer to some futuristic film. But I've had the ability to video call people for a while now and I don't use it; the idea of looking at a blank screen while leaving a voicemail message just seems odd to me.

But as I mentioned at the start, to each their own. Maybe others will find a use for it.

According to UndergroundWire ... who thinks every WP7 user is a fanboy... only fanboys buy WP7.

Visual Voicemail is great. I had it on the Iphone and it was sweet which is the main reason I really wanted it for the WP7 platform when I made the switch.

There are many advantages such as not having to call voicemail and listen to the message to find out who sent you it... the phone displays the Senders Name/Number and time/date of message. I can't remember if it displays length of message. But I would choose VVM over traditional VM any day of the week!

In fairness, I've only just seen the video and saw what the visual voicemail option actually is. It's not what I thought it was.

That feature is more useful than I thought it was, although less of a step forward than I thought it was at the same time.

I have not had a chance to use this feature yet, but I'm really glad it's coming to Windows Mobile as I really hate having to call into my voicemail all the time

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