Windows Phone 'Mango' hidden features discovered in Dev tools

It was not long ago that Microsoft gave the world a preview of what we can expect to come with the 'Mango' upgrade to the Windows Phone platform. During this same timeframe, Microsoft also released the developer tools for the new platform.

When Microsoft showed off 'Mango', because of the amount of new features being added, it did not have time to publicly show off all the small upgrades the update brings to the platform. Step in winphone7.info who has taken the time to dig through the developer tools and has found several new items that were not previously discussed. It is worth taking a look at the source link as there are many more updates not covered below. 

One new additions is that the "Contact Card now has History pivot to see what communication you have had with the persons." This is a handy new feature that allows you to find your conversations by person, rather than having to open each individual communication tool and searching. 

Another big upgrade is to the maps section of Windows Phone. The 'Mango' update will bring maps that now show traffic flow and also a 'nearby' button that will show you what is located around you. There is also an option to filter what is displayed when using the 'nearby' service. 

These are just a couple of the new features that were not discussed previously that are coming to the Windows Phone platform with the 'Mango' update. You can view more of the hidden updates by viewing this link here

Update: The source of these images and features clarified that "everything you see here can be see by anyone who has the new Windows Phone “Mango” developer tools installed with the new 'Mango' emulator."

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Glad for the soft camera button. Owners of certain phones (like the Focus, which has decent hardware buttons) might think it's useless, but on phones with crappy hard to press buttons (like the HD7) it's a huge benefit.

Hi All... The traffic feature is something that is defenitly not on my HTC HD7 Phone running NODO in Australia. Sorry about that... It must be a regional feature. I would also add the Random and Repat buttons are not present when i try to play the same audio URL with a NoDo device.

However I would point out there are some features that were not previously announced by Microsoft AFAIK.... Such as.. Turn by Turn Directions, Soft Camera Button, New Audio Controls, Video Zoom button and Marketplace intergrated search for Apps.

Shuffle and Repeat are old (they were on the tile). Traffic is old. A camera button on "Choose Picture" is old. These are day one features. Whoever these bloggers are didn't pay attention to anything.. like the name of what they call 'Nearby' is "Local Scout", or that podcasts were the new announcement, not playlists.

I probably need to start a WP7 blog.

the fast task switcher can also be accessed some have said it was not in the latest tools but it is infact available.. simply tap and hold the F1 key on your computer keyboard and it will activate the fast app switcher..

rruffman said,
the fast task switcher can also be accessed some have said it was not in the latest tools but it is infact available.. simply tap and hold the F1 key on your computer keyboard and it will activate the fast app switcher..

Wow, that does work. I just wish they would make the task switcher less ugly. Long Zheng proposed a small color change that would make it really nice.

i thought wp7 always had the ability to show traffic.
But it looks like they enhanced it to major streets as well.

I also hope they added deletion confirmation for mail, sometimes I accidentally delete mail when scrolling.

ekw said,
i thought wp7 always had the ability to show traffic.
But it looks like they enhanced it to major streets as well.

I also hope they added deletion confirmation for mail, sometimes I accidentally delete mail when scrolling.

All deleted mail is put into the Deleted Items folder. If you click the folders icon on the app bar, then "Show all folders" you will see the deleted items folder and can move them back to the inbox or whatever folder you desire.