WP7 "Mango" second leak talks of Windows Live Messenger integration

As if reports from earlier weren’t enough, more information about the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update has leaked from Chinese website Cnblogs.com – information which has since been suspiciously pulled. The site apparently had hands on access to a developer build of Mango, and managed to take some shots of the latest update.

The biggest news to come from the leak is the integration of Windows Live Messenger right into the People Hub, which was also previously rumoured to come. Cnblogs confirmed that you will be able to instant message someone directly from the Windows Phone 7 People app, which could mean a direct feature rival to the popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) instant messenger if it is widely used amongst Windows Phone 7 users. Also, WPCentral revealed via @WindowsPhone8 that "when sending a message the phone will autopick the best method - IM or SMS"

Also revealed in the leak is the possibility of Bing Image Search being included alongside the already leaked Bing Vision and Bing Audio to make searching on your WP7 easier. SkyDrive sync is also rumoured to be improved in the Office hub, adding support for Word, PowerPoint and Excel to fill your 25GB of free storage space. East Asian language support has also been confirmed (again) by the source.

To see how many of these features will end up in the final Windows Phone 7.5 we’ll have to wait for the rumoured launch of September 2011. Until then the feature set looks to be getting more promising with each leak.

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StevenMalone77 said,
What i wanna know is how they even launched a PHONE, without their flagship MESSAGING client. Just don't get it.

I think its BECAUSE they wanted to do it RIGHT from square one, and it might have BEEN rushed if you know what I MEAN

Owen W said,

I think its BECAUSE they wanted to do it RIGHT from square one, and it might have BEEN rushed if you know what I MEAN

Happy WITH that.

"when sending a message the phone will autopick the best method - IM or SMS" Hopefully there will be a choice between SMS and IM before sending the message (like call mobile or text mobile options in the contact details page) because I would like to send IM messages instead of SMS because I use my LG Optimus 7 in a pre-paid way.

ajua said,
"when sending a message the phone will autopick the best method - IM or SMS" Hopefully there will be a choice between SMS and IM before sending the message (like call mobile or text mobile options in the contact details page) because I would like to send IM messages instead of SMS because I use my LG Optimus 7 in a pre-paid way.

Most likely will default to IM for contacts who are signed in and active. SMS will be the fallback when your contacts are offline.

HopeForP7Update said,
I don't want to read about leaks, I want to read about it's available now

Then i guess your never gonna have a whole lot to read about then...

FoxieFoxie said,
MS never said it was 7.5, stop spreading fud.

Atleast featurewise it is - actually I recall that Mango is what Microsoft planned for the initial release of WP7...

Jarrichvdv said,
Does the Samsung Omnia 7 will support the Mango update? Because I heard the min requirements changed?

No they didnt.
All WP7 phones will be update-able to mango.

the better twin said,

No they didnt.
All WP7 phones will be update-able to mango.

brother is correct. They have released the specs for the second Gen phones. For using new features like gyroscope, front facing camera, etc.

sweatshopking said,
brother is correct. They have released the specs for the second Gen phones. For using new features like gyroscope, front facing camera, etc.

Some of the phones out there already have some of the features - the new specifications also take into account the expanding range of hardware available and some things that were mandatory are now optional.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Some of the phones out there already have some of the features - the new specifications also take into account the expanding range of hardware available and some things that were mandatory are now optional.

None of the phones out now have the Gyro. Gyro is necessary for a new virtual sensor called "Motion Sensor" that combines compas/gyro into an easy to program virtual sensor. This will be interesting to see what devs to in Augmented Reality space when Mango era devices are released.

What hardware requirements are now optional?

Here are the changes as I recall from memory from Mix2011:
They lowered processor spec (to help Nokia build value line phones)
Made gryo mandatory.
Prohibited use of additonal hardware sensors (front facing camera, NFC, etc).
Dropped the lower resolution screen.

Tony. said,
Need something to compete with BBM...

What they really need is proper device management software, not just device management through Exchange 2010. Also they a way of encrypting emails for corporations like the Blackberry Enterprise Server. These are a must (along with the rumored feature to compete with BBM) if they want to force their way into the corporate environment.

hynesy said,
What they really need is proper device management software, not just device management through Exchange 2010. Also they a way of encrypting emails for corporations like the Blackberry Enterprise Server. These are a must (along with the rumored feature to compete with BBM) if they want to force their way into the corporate environment.

You can do that already; in Messenger you can enable encryption and for sending/receiving all you need to do is setup the server so it uses SSL for incoming and outgoing messages.

What can BBM and Blackberry Enterprise Server do that Microsoft's own server software can't?

Mr Nom Nom's said,

You can do that already; in Messenger you can enable encryption and for sending/receiving all you need to do is setup the server so it uses SSL for incoming and outgoing messages.

What can BBM and Blackberry Enterprise Server do that Microsoft's own server software can't?

I was referring to email encryption not messenger encryption.