Windows Phone 7 'Mango' hits RTM, carriers now testing [Update] Nope

Microsoft’s upcoming Mango release for its Windows Phone platform is the second major update to the platform. Many consumers have been anxiously awaiting the update as it will bring many new features to the table and will also bring new hardware to retail locations.

If you are one of the many who are waiting for Mango to launch, there is good news. According to the Windows Phone Dev podcast (via WMPoweruser), Mango has reached the RTM stage of development. The gold build is 7710 and is now in the hands of carriers for testing.

This update also represents another chance for Microsoft to prove that it is able to effectively push out updates to multiple devices on multiple carriers. The previous updates did not go as smoothly as Microsoft or consumers had expected. Attempting to update multiple devices on multiple carriers at the same time is not an easy task as there are many variables in the equation.

If you are holding out for the next revision of Microsoft’s mobile OS, the end is near. Even though carriers could slow down the process, you can bet that Microsoft will be putting the pressure on the get this update out the door as soon as possible.

[Update] Microsoft's Bill Cox has just tweeted that Mango has not hit RTM yet but to "stay tuned" about the progress.

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