WP7: Mango to be released in September (or earlier!)

We've been saying Microsoft is planning on shipping Windows Phone 7 "Mango" devices as well as the OS by September, and today we've received almost official confirmation that this will be the case. Microsoft recently released Mango in beta form to developers to load onto their retail devices for testing, ahead of the official release of the update.

The confirmation of the expected release date came from Microsoft's Imagine Cup Twitter account, according to Slashgear. The tweet let the cat out of the bag saying that "Imagine Cup finalists ALL receive Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Release!!" Each Student will get the phone by September!"

Neowin's independent sources are stating that the release is still on track for September, and we should expect to see further news about devices and the full OS release sometime during late August. The company showed off new devices by Samsung, ZTE, Acer and Fujitsu at it's Worldwide Partner conference earlier this week, and touted that the platform now has over 22,000 applications.

Mango brings 500 new features to the Windows Phone 7 platform, including Multitasking, IE9, OS-wide IM integration, deeper social networking and more. An early build of Mango is available to registered and verified developers now, via create.msdn.com.

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Running the beta on my phone right now. If the final is anything similar to the current build, I'll need a new pair of pants in anticipation...

PlogCF said,
Running the beta on my phone right now. If the final is anything similar to the current build, I'll need a new pair of pants in anticipation...

Just out of interest can I ask what issues your having? Also running the beta, not had any errors that I can think of. Saying that I love the voice to text add in, however its about 80% of the time given the wrong words

If the wording is accurate then we'll see an RTM very soon (it may have already RTM'd without an announcement). As you can't have a phone released by September unless an RTM build was released earlier to enable OEMs to start production.

Frazell Thomas said,
If the wording is accurate then we'll see an RTM very soon (it may have already RTM'd without an announcement). As you can't have a phone released by September unless an RTM build was released earlier to enable OEMs to start production.

True. It looks like they're putting the finishing touches on it now though (Testing out Twitter and such). It looks like it should be ready soon for OEM's... I really can't wait for this update.

chorpeac said,
Coincide with Microsoft's BUILD conference?? I'd put money on it.

Now, if just Nokia would release their WP7 phones at the same time, it would be great...

By the way guys is it just me or is there no add your own ringtone option added yet in the beta.. Do you need to set the file up via Zune or something to have it on the phone?