WP7 Mango productivity enhancements detailed

For Microsoft, WP7 is an all or nothing venture. The company is working hard to make sure that WP7 is not only competitive in the marketplace, but also has features that help set itself apart from the other platforms. Besides an alternative UI, WP7 is about glance and go rather than stop and stare. This mentality will be enhanced too with the next major update to the platform, Mango.

The Windows Phone blog has detailed several new updates that will be featured in Mango. The new enhancements are designed to increase productivity and will also bring several new desirable features. The blog states:

  • Pinnable email folders: Pin a folder to the start screen for quick access. This could be an email folder for a specific project, from a specific group or person (like your boss), or an RSS feed you’ve set up in Outlook.
  • Conversation view in email: Emails in your inbox are organized by conversation, bringing replies to a thread into a consolidated view so it’s faster and easier to stay on top of the conversation.
  • Server search: Search your email server (e.g. Exchange Server) for older emails no longer stored on your phone, giving you ready access to all of your mail.
  •  Lync: Lync Mobile brings the Lync experience to Windows Phone customers by delivering Unified Communications capabilities, including instant messaging and the ability to see the presence of your co-workers. The Lync app will be a free download from Windows Phone Marketplace and will be enabled with support from your business organization.

There is also good news for the business side of WP7, as the update will bring many features that are critical for enterprise deployment. "Mango also includes new capabilities for IT. With new features such as complex (alpha-numeric) password support, Information Rights Management support for protecting e-mails and Office documents, and support for access to hidden corporate Wi-Fi networks, your IT organization can stay on top of its game—providing you access to information you need while meeting corporate requirements."

All of the new enhancements are turning WP7 into a more complete and desirable package. In the modern smartphone wars, it is not enough to simply provide the same functionality, but you must find innovative new features to set your platform apart. As Microsoft continues to build its platform and separate itself from the competition, the future looks bright for not only Microsoft, but also the consumer.

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jasonon said,
i sure hope so, in the long run there isn't that many features being added for as long as this update is going to take them

Where are people getting this from? That statement makes absolutely no sense at all. This is a big update that's bringing a lot of things (BIG things)...

Some highlights (Nowhere near complete):
- Multi-tasking
- Visual Voicemail
- IE 9 with HTML 5 support, Silverlight support, etc.
- Twitter integration (Like Facebook)
- Turn by turn directions
- SMS Dictation (Hopefully for standard texts too)
- HUGE Bing updates
- Some Skype integration?
- Now Lync
- Now A bunch of e-mail updates...

I honestly don't understand how anyone could say that this update isn't doing enough...

ccoltmanm said,
Small updates win over big slow updates.

Pretty much most of the iOS small updates have been bug fixes. The only update that rivals Mango would be iOS4 but that came years after the original iOS.

digger1985 said,

Pretty much most of the iOS small updates have been bug fixes. The only update that rivals Mango would be iOS4 but that came years after the original iOS.

WP7 it's new so they can add multiple things to the OS that are new very fast, also they have the hardware for it. Usually the companies that are new to the market and need to catch up have to add things very fast. that's why iOS or Android can take the time to refine everything and make slower updates since they are in the top. generaly when you have a lot of people using your software you need to make it perfect so it don't crash.

digger1985 said,

Pretty much most of the iOS small updates have been bug fixes. The only update that rivals Mango would be iOS4 but that came years after the original iOS.

WP7 it's new so they can add multiple things to the OS that are new very fast, also they have the hardware for it. Usually the companies that are new to the market and need to catch up have to add things very fast. that's why iOS or Android can take the time to refine everything and make slower updates since they are in the top. generaly when you have a lot of people using your software you need to make it perfect so it don't crash.

ADSfull said,

WP7 it's new so they can add multiple things to the OS that are new very fast, also they have the hardware for it. Usually the companies that are new to the market and need to catch up have to add things very fast. that's why iOS or Android can take the time to refine everything and make slower updates since they are in the top. generaly when you have a lot of people using your software you need to make it perfect so it don't crash.

What?? You do realize that new or not, this still equates to a great deal of work, right? And iOS and Android, even when they were new didn't have updates that added this many things...

dave164 said,
Mango is getting better and better on each press release!

It sure is. Maybe by then Verizon will even have it...

At this point I think I will be waiting for Mango devices...

Finally Conversation View and Search Server are coming back. These were two of my three biggest misses from Windows Mobile 6 (the last is SMS sync).

Frazell Thomas said,
Finally Conversation View and Search Server are coming back. These were two of my three biggest misses from Windows Mobile 6 (the last is SMS sync).

Yeah, those are going to be very nice updates. I'm also thrilled to see SMS Dictation (Though I hope it works for texts as well). I'd requested this when WP7 was still in the works, and I'm glad to see that it's making it.

Wow, this is really going to round out the WP7 experience nicely. I am getting more and more excited about this update.

I get my Focus tomorrow in the mail (on sale at Amazon Wireless for a penny if anyone is interested). Wish Mango was already here :-( But looking forward to it nonetheless. :-)

Wow, Mango looks more promising each day.
I wonder what they will unveil with all the new features we already know.

I hope you can turn off conversations, we have a WP7 phone for our oncall device and we need to see every email by itself as it's freaking hard to read email conversation threads at 3am when the phone wakes you up

swanlee said,
I hope you can turn off conversations, we have a WP7 phone for our oncall device and we need to see every email by itself as it's freaking hard to read email conversation threads at 3am when the phone wakes you up

I'm sure you'll be able to, I'm 50//50 about this as a lot of people that email me dont add a subject, meaning I have one hell of a large 'no subject' conversation going on in outlook!

duddit2 said,

I'm sure you'll be able to, I'm 50//50 about this as a lot of people that email me dont add a subject, meaning I have one hell of a large 'no subject' conversation going on in outlook!

Ewwww... I hate when people don't use a Subject...

M_Lyons10 said,

Ewwww... I hate when people don't use a Subject...

Amen brotha! LOL Sometimes i edit emails from my GF and reply back to her with a subject. Like i'll throw in: RE: Something not so important and no email. LOL She gets a kick outta my made up subjects all of the time

I'm like seriously, it takes 2 seconds. Couldn't you have just said, ok this email is about my laptop not working or my dad's new car or whatever! GRRRRRR!!

M_Lyons10 said,

Ewwww... I hate when people don't use a Subject...


Amen brotha! LOL Sometimes i edit emails from my GF and reply back to her with a subject. Like i'll throw in: "RE: Something not so important and no subject". LOL She gets a kick outta my made up subjects all of the time

I'm like seriously, it takes 2 seconds. Couldn't you have just said, ok this email is about my laptop not working or my dad's new car or whatever! GRRRRRR!!

Excellent. I just started a fancy new job at a leading corporation that uses Exchange robustly, so the improvements there will be nice. It will also be nice to be able to connect to their secure Wifi, which I can't do because you can't set extra security options in Wifi at the moment in WP7.

Now just add Wifi hotspot back in and we have a deal. It's the only deal breaker for me atm with WP7. Then again might never get added due to the bloody carriers....

Wouldn't it be better to access Lync contacts straight from the People hub, rather than a separate app? I'lll be straight up and admit I don't have a WP7 phone or have had much close interaction with it, but I think making a column for "work" contacts with Lync integration from there would be the way to go.

Anyhow, glad to see Mango will be quite awesome.

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