WP7: London "Mango" event live stream

In the next hour Microsoft will be taking the wraps off the new major release of Windows Phone 7 OS. The update, rumored to be titled "Windows Phone OS 7.5" -- or "Mango" -- comes with a major new set of features, which are rumored to include OS-wide chat, linked inbox, conversation view, multitasking, full IE9 support and more.

Neowin will have teams covering the London and New Zealand launch events at separate times, a few hours apart.

The London launch event will be held at May 24, 15:00 GMT+1.

The New Zealand launch event will be held at May 25, 7:00 GMT+12.

Make sure to check our coverage of what we expect to be announced at the event here.

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Damn, im glad I waited for this. I really like the improvements made.
Next test, lets actually see some good promotion / advertising on this

A wallpaper behind the tiles would just look ridiculous. You guys obviously don't have a WP7 phone and make poor decisions on a daily basis. Fail at life more.

norseman said,
A wallpaper behind the tiles would just look ridiculous. You guys obviously don't have a WP7 phone and make poor decisions on a daily basis. Fail at life more.

lol....agreed. No doubt every design decision was thought out carefully and has a real purpose. No BG option for the home screen is not a "missing feature." It's quite clever actually that the existing custom option is an accent color changer in the settings (for a majority of the pre-installed live tiles). Very different and enjoyable imo.

slayr007 said,
I WANT BACKGROUNDS. A black or white bg may be fine for some, but for me, I need to be able to customize more than just the color of the bg, i want to use my own image, even greater would be support for live bgs. Those are my fav feature of android, however, [RANT]I HATE GOOGLE! I WANT IT TO DIE A SLOW AGONIZING DEATH AND GO TO THE DEEPEST LAYER OF HELL!!!!![/RANT]

The background is for the Lock Screen, and the Pictures Hub. The idea is not to spend a long time looking at the Home Screen, but just glance and go.

martinDTanderson said,

The background is for the Lock Screen, and the Pictures Hub. The idea is not to spend a long time looking at the Home Screen, but just glance and go.

I love how people rationalize why such simple things aren't there or dont exist. Just stop while your behind. People should be able to pick a fricken background period.

StevenMalone77 said,

I love how people rationalize why such simple things aren't there or dont exist. Just stop while your behind. People should be able to pick a fricken background period.

Well, developers aren't generally in the practice of coding functionality "just because"... And given the design of the OS and how bad a background picture would truly look, and how few people would ever possibly use this (And I'd wager a lot of the people that want this feature, once they saw it would never use this anyway), why would you go to the trouble of developing such a thing when your time could be better spent on a feature people would actually use? It's silly from a business standpoint, and a design standpoint.

I WANT BACKGROUNDS. A black or white bg may be fine for some, but for me, I need to be able to customize more than just the color of the bg, i want to use my own image, even greater would be support for live bgs. Those are my fav feature of android, however, [RANT]I HATE GOOGLE! I WANT IT TO DIE A SLOW AGONIZING DEATH AND GO TO THE DEEPEST LAYER OF HELL!!!!![/RANT]

slayr007 said,
I WANT BACKGROUNDS. A black or white bg may be fine for some, but for me, I need to be able to customize more than just the color of the bg, i want to use my own image, even greater would be support for live bgs. Those are my fav feature of android, however, [RANT]I HATE GOOGLE! I WANT IT TO DIE A SLOW AGONIZING DEATH AND GO TO THE DEEPEST LAYER OF HELL!!!!![/RANT]

I want a flying car.

slayr007 said,
I WANT BACKGROUNDS. A black or white bg may be fine for some, but for me, I need to be able to customize more than just the color of the bg, i want to use my own image, even greater would be support for live bgs. Those are my fav feature of android, however, [RANT]I HATE GOOGLE! I WANT IT TO DIE A SLOW AGONIZING DEATH AND GO TO THE DEEPEST LAYER OF HELL!!!!![/RANT]

No, because that would look horrid. You obviously don't know anything from a design standpoint.

slayr007 said,
I WANT BACKGROUNDS. A black or white bg may be fine for some, but for me, I need to be able to customize more than just the color of the bg, i want to use my own image, even greater would be support for live bgs. Those are my fav feature of android, however, [RANT]I HATE GOOGLE! I WANT IT TO DIE A SLOW AGONIZING DEATH AND GO TO THE DEEPEST LAYER OF HELL!!!!![/RANT]

I guess at some point they will add it , even though it will look bad if you dont choose a nice color BUT its not a priority feature so dont hope to see it in mango at least.

[sarcasm]They won't be able to keep that date if judgement day is on May 21st.[/sarcasm]

Don't forget to prepared for the zombie apocalypse predicted by the CDC!

If they take questions can someone ask when I'll be able to use a custom ringtone. You know, that feature that my 5 year old piece of crap can do but something that seems to have been completely overlooked on my brand new state of the art Windows Phone 7.

Chun.Yin said,
Wonder will we see any Nokia Windows Phones?

I hope so. I really hope they're ready for Mango's launch, because I would love to get a Nokia...

singularity0821 said,
I want it now! I hope developers can get it earlier somehow.

I believe developers will be the SDK that day. MS hasn't said anything yet however. I'm keeping my fingers crossed

singularity0821 said,
I want it now! I hope developers can get it earlier somehow.

I believe developers will be the SDK that day. MS hasn't said anything yet however. I'm keeping my fingers crossed

singularity0821 said,
I want it now! I hope developers can get it earlier somehow.

Brandan Watson promised at MIX that devs would get it on their phones early, but they didn't know when or how yet

JonathanMarston said,

Brandan Watson promised at MIX that devs would get it on their phones early, but they didn't know when or how yet

Yes he also said SDK next month, which would fall in line with this announcement I can't wait for the new emulator.

CarlDilone said,

I believe developers will be getting the SDK that day. MS hasn't said anything yet however. I'm keeping my fingers crossed


so wait, developers are going to be turned into a piece of s/w? Is that even possible? jk,jk. fixed*

CarlDilone said,

I believe developers will be the SDK that day. MS hasn't said anything yet however. I'm keeping my fingers crossed

I believe that will be the case as well. Give developers a chance to get new apps ready for Mango's release... Mango adds a lot of developer features from what I have heard, which is very exciting.

CarlDilone said,

I believe developers will be the SDK that day. MS hasn't said anything yet however. I'm keeping my fingers crossed


Wednesday is SDK day indeed.

duddit2 said,
It is isnt it, I thought this was just a preview?

This is my understanding too; and the announcement says:

"A VIP Preview"

Hopefully we will get it before the end of the year.

Fritzly said,

This is my understanding too; and the announcement says:

"A VIP Preview"

Hopefully we will get it before the end of the year.

It's slated for September'ish... So, we should have it by the end of the year, and we should have some new phones as well (Which I'm looking forward to)...

And yeah, this is a "Preview" as far as I'm aware as well, not a launch...

M_Lyons10 said,

It's slated for September'ish... So, we should have it by the end of the year, and we should have some new phones as well (Which I'm looking forward to)...

And yeah, this is a "Preview" as far as I'm aware as well, not a launch...


It is the launch event, confirming the features and details of the new OS, as well as the dates.

i11usive said,
I thought Mango was a long way off. Looking forward to seeing this.

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

Ently said,

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

Who care's...and by the way Google use pasties Microsoft uses fruits....see the difference..

Ently said,

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

As far as I'm aware they're not using food names in general, they're using words that end in the letter "o". For instance, the code name for the version after Mango is Apollo.

Ently said,

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

It is actually a jab at Android, that is the truth, notice the last update for WPH7 was NoDo for No Donuts, get it?

jimmyfal said,

It is actually a jab at Android, that is the truth, notice the last update for WPH7 was NoDo for No Donuts, get it?


No it's not. Someone forgot to bring a donut with their coffee for a meeting and that's where it comes from.

jakem1 said,
As far as I'm aware they're not using food names in general, they're using words that end in the letter "o". For instance, the code name for the version after Mango is Apollo.

Must be a good subliminal way to enforce Metro.

Ently said,

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

What kind of food is a NoDo or an Apollo? Microsoft's WP code names all end with "o", nothing more, and they're not all food related.

Ently said,

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

It's an honest non trolling question but code names are code names. Microsoft is not going in alphabetical order, Google did. They started with 'C' for Cupcake since it was the third release of Android. Microsoft is not going in alphabetical order.

Microsoft has not yet established a pattern with code names. So we really can't say they are going with food names just yet. Google has established a pattern with desserts (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, J?).

It's just a coincidence that two companies in the mobile phone industry going with a food code name.

M_Lyons10 said,

What kind of food is a NoDo or an Apollo? Microsoft's WP code names all end with "o", nothing more, and they're not all food related.

To his defense. NoDo is No Donut (Or so the story goes). LOL

The next update will be a complete failure; code named "OhNo".

Ently said,

I am not trying to troll here btw but is it just me or does it seem lame that Microsoft is ripping off the food name release thing that Google does? .. I don't know to me it just seems like they are the odd kid trying to fit in and be cool by doing it.

Maybe there was a phone company before Google that did it but yeah it just seems weird. Anyway looks like it will be an awesome update regardless of name!

I thought that NoDo was a slide at Android, and Mango was a slide at Apple. I mean, mangos are a lot like Apples.

UndergroundWire said,

To his defense. NoDo is No Donut (Or so the story goes). LOL

The next update will be a complete failure; code named "OhNo".

+ 4 million

LukeEmery said,

I thought that NoDo was a slide at Android, and Mango was a slide at Apple. I mean, mangos are a lot like Apples.

No one knows the real story since Microsoft never confirmed nor denied. But I'm willing to bet you are 100% right. I hate WP7 but I love Microsoft's humor in all of this.

That's the way bashing should be done, not like Steve Jobs flipping out on a quarterly conference call against Android. Very unprofessional.