Windows Phone 7 update "Mango" to bring IE mobile 9

Mobile World Congress is only a few days away and the rumors have been flying about Windows Phone 7 updates. The latest rumor comes from Mary Jo Foley at Zdnet, who says her sources are talking about Internet Explorer Mobile 9 coming to WP7.

Although the first Window Phone 7 update has already seen a delay, with the first update dubbed "NoDo", now slated for March 8, the next major update is already building an interesting feature list. According to the sources, the "Mango" update will be hitting the market this holiday 2011 season, and will feature Internet Explorer Mobile 9.

Currently, Windows Phone users are using IE Mobile, or better known as IE 7 Mobile, with some IE 8 featured added into it. If these sources are correct, Microsoft plans on skipping IE 8 mobile entirely and release a mobile IE 9 HTML5-compliant browser and multi-tasking for third party apps with the "Mango" update.

Earlier today, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 RC for Windows PCs. The latest release of IE 9 brings a lot of UI and performance improvements with a number of new features, including ActiveX filtering, quicker tab closing, and much more. The latest HTML5-compliant scored a total of 95/100 on the Acid 3 test.

You can download Internet Explorer 9 (x86/x64) here.

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How can something be delayed when it never had a specific delivery date? Also, would'nt you like them to take their time and try to do it right the first time? Just get over it and accept the fact that WP7 is going to take 1-2 years to catch up to Android and iPhone..

Those doomsayers among you who are predicting WP7 demise had better start reading the news. Microsoft and Nokia are teaming up - WP7 will be the operating system for all Nokia Smartphones going forward. The should insure sufficient sales quantity to guarantee that WP7 will survive, at least for the immediate future.

I get more and more the impression that they are going to kill WP7. No update for how many months? And it's not like the plattform is very mature yet…
Furthermore I don't really understand why they still not even announce a tablet version of WP7… We have: iPad, TouchPad, PlayBook and a gazillion of Android based tablets. Yet Microsoft refuses to admit that in the consumer market Windows - apart from the fact that they are waiting for Windows 8 *wtf??* - is NOT the right choice.
I'd say they either start regular updating and announce a tablet version of the OS or they can stop selling as they did with the KiN.

MFH said,
I get more and more the impression that they are going to kill WP7. No update for how many months? And it's not like the plattform is very mature yet…
Furthermore I don't really understand why they still not even announce a tablet version of WP7… We have: iPad, TouchPad, PlayBook and a gazillion of Android based tablets. Yet Microsoft refuses to admit that in the consumer market Windows - apart from the fact that they are waiting for Windows 8 *wtf??* - is NOT the right choice.
I'd say they either start regular updating and announce a tablet version of the OS or they can stop selling as they did with the KiN.

You need to get real...reflect on Android update frequency & how bad that is...Remember how iOS was at first in 2007. Give them a fair chance...and stop sh*t stirring I can almost get a whiff from here.. 'chill winston'

MFH said,
I get more and more the impression that they are going to kill WP7. No update for how many months? And it's not like the plattform is very mature yet…
Furthermore I don't really understand why they still not even announce a tablet version of WP7… We have: iPad, TouchPad, PlayBook and a gazillion of Android based tablets. Yet Microsoft refuses to admit that in the consumer market Windows - apart from the fact that they are waiting for Windows 8 *wtf??* - is NOT the right choice.
I'd say they either start regular updating and announce a tablet version of the OS or they can stop selling as they did with the KiN.

You honestly think that they are going to kill it ? The Kin sold less than 10,000 in 6 weeks.

WP7 has a Marketplace that has grew really fast and I can't think of many iphone apps that I have missed, it's sold around 2m phones in 2/3 months .

It's not really going to compete for another 2/3 years when the phone really becomes general knowledge.

When the Google phone 2 came out, HTC hero ? If I asked someone about android they would have no idea what I'm talking about and now it's up there with the iphone.

When I pull out my phone people go oooh whats that like the guy at HMV today, it's something different and it will catch on because it's a great phone.

Gaffney said,

You honestly think that they are going to kill it ? The Kin sold less than 10,000 in 6 weeks.

WP7 has a Marketplace that has grew really fast and I can't think of many iphone apps that I have missed, it's sold around 2m phones in 2/3 months .

It's not really going to compete for another 2/3 years when the phone really becomes general knowledge.

Mark my words: when W8 will arrive WP7 will be dead. MS will use a single OS, W8, on Desktops, laptops, Smartphones..... Will it be a success? Who knows but this is the strategy
BTW It does a lot of sense, economically speaking.

MFH said,
I get more and more the impression that they are going to kill WP7. No update for how many months? And it's not like the plattform is very mature yet…
Furthermore I don't really understand why they still not even announce a tablet version of WP7… We have: iPad, TouchPad, PlayBook and a gazillion of Android based tablets. Yet Microsoft refuses to admit that in the consumer market Windows - apart from the fact that they are waiting for Windows 8 *wtf??* - is NOT the right choice.
I'd say they either start regular updating and announce a tablet version of the OS or they can stop selling as they did with the KiN.

And how long did you have to wait for Apple to put their mobile OS on the iPad? I mean, for a minute ignoring all the other nonsensical things in your post (Like expecting an update withing a couple of months of the phone's release, which is asinine...), this seems to be a real gem of a complaint. lol

M_Lyons10 said,

And how long did you have to wait for Apple to put their mobile OS on the iPad? I mean, for a minute ignoring all the other nonsensical things in your post (Like expecting an update withing a couple of months of the phone's release, which is asinine...), this seems to be a real gem of a complaint. lol

And on top of that. If I'm not mistaken, the iPhone was a bit of a hit when the first one came out but didn't really take off until the 3G. Am I wrong?

What I really fear about the WP7 is that MS is promising lots of things but they are not being delivered on time. I just hope they deliver what they promise. NoDo is delayed, hoping they don't delay Mango too. The platform is still young and I don't expect too many things in short time considering number of devices and carrier available.

Prasad_m25 said,
What I really fear about the WP7 is that MS is promising lots of things but they are not being delivered on time. I just hope they deliver what they promise. NoDo is delayed, hoping they don't delay Mango too. The platform is still young and I don't expect too many things in short time considering number of devices and carrier available.

Supposedly NoDo is already done and the second update is already cooking (Mango will be the 3rd or 4th update). It's the carriers that are delaying it as well as a serious issue with the update mechanism. These are just rumors though.

floopy said,

Supposedly NoDo is already done and the second update is already cooking (Mango will be the 3rd or 4th update). It's the carriers that are delaying it as well as a serious issue with the update mechanism. These are just rumors though.


I would like it if they provide frequent small updates instead of promising larger updates that fix everything but get delayed either due to there own issues or due to carriers.

Prasad_m25 said,
What I really fear about the WP7 is that MS is promising lots of things but they are not being delivered on time. I just hope they deliver what they promise. NoDo is delayed, hoping they don't delay Mango too. The platform is still young and I don't expect too many things in short time considering number of devices and carrier available.

MS has not yet ever suggested a release date for ANY WP7 update, so people need to stop with the unfair, untrue remarks...At least them make the first 2 or 3 updates before they are fairly judged!

WP7 said,

MS has not yet ever suggested a release date for ANY WP7 update, so people need to stop with the unfair, untrue remarks...At least them make the first 2 or 3 updates before they are fairly judged!

Unfortunately not releasing a roadmap for updates is a very bad strategy for a new platform that struggle to gain market share.....

Fritzly said,

Unfortunately not releasing a roadmap for updates is a very bad strategy for a new platform that struggle to gain market share.....

I agree, though I think all the harsh words like MFH below are grossly unfair.

Prasad_m25 said,
What I really fear about the WP7 is that MS is promising lots of things but they are not being delivered on time. I just hope they deliver what they promise. NoDo is delayed, hoping they don't delay Mango too. The platform is still young and I don't expect too many things in short time considering number of devices and carrier available.

Regardless of what Neowin says, NoDo is not delayed, as the timeframe announced was early 2011, which doesn't mean January or February... If it had a set release date, THAT would have been announced, not a rough timetable as was announced previously.

M_Lyons10 said,

Regardless of what Neowin says, NoDo is not delayed, as the timeframe announced was early 2011, which doesn't mean January or February... If it had a set release date, THAT would have been announced, not a rough timetable as was announced previously.

Agreed. Early usually means sometime in the first quarter, not the first month or two.

AnotherITguy said,

I just wish Windows Mobile 6.5.3 would at least get IE 7.5 MOBILE, but i know that us wimo users have been left behind.

Maybe not, pay attention to the WinCE 7.x release date, as they may throw a bone to the WinMo users since it should be compatible with your hardware and supports all the WinMo drivers and phone features as WP7 already is using portions of the WinCE 7.x kernel.

It is a mixed bag of guess though at this point...

As a not, Mango was already known. It is a major update to WP7, and is in the same vein as the major Xbox updates that brought us things like the NXE. This being said, I think it is important to note that it is possible that there will be other, smaller updates like the upcoming NoDo before Mango

Sraf said,
As a not, Mango was already known. It is a major update to WP7, and is in the same vein as the major Xbox updates that brought us things like the NXE. This being said, I think it is important to note that it is possible that there will be other, smaller updates like the upcoming NoDo before Mango

Exactly. And, as another "Note", regardless of what Neowin says, NoDo is not delayed, as the timeframe announced was early 2011, which doesn't mean January or February... If it had a set release date, THAT would have been announced, not a rough timetable as was announced previously.

Need to expedite turn by turn sat nav & flash if they can prior to Mango...No stupid pressure on MS though - coming from Android I know all about crappy update schedule (if ever happens) & so I try and stay chilled about updates lol. WP7 has so much more potential than iOS & Android. Looks and feels classier to use.

IE9 would be great for the platform.. html5 apps probably won't be much, but html5 video may be the prime mover. Just will be interesting to see if webm gets slated in for support

blahism said,
IE9 would be great for the platform.. html5 apps probably won't be much, but html5 video may be the prime mover. Just will be interesting to see if webm gets slated in for support

I agree. WP7 needs better video support.

James_H said,

I agree. WP7 needs better video support.

Huh?

WP7 has inherent support for more video formats than any other Phone, and outside of Windows7, probably any OS in general.

Not only does WP7 have a large list of audio and video codecs built-in, the OS provides Media API sets so that the OS handles all of this for Applications.

(These are actual inherent device/OS codecs, so if you have an XVid movie rip, it just copies to the phone without conversion.)

jakem1 said,
What does "holiday season" mean? Summer holidays?

Only a guess but maybe around Thanksgiving? Im only guessing as I from UK.

jakem1 said,
What does "holiday season" mean? Summer holidays?

Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve is my guess?

jakem1 said,
What does "holiday season" mean? Summer holidays?
Without specifying they can deflect the heat for what the public perceives as delays. Not an MS tactic really, a lot of business are vague when it comes to release dates.

jakem1 said,
What does "holiday season" mean? Summer holidays?

The American holiday season starts at Thanksgiving and ends after the Boxing Day sales week, so the first week of January.