WP7 "Mango" to include over 500 new features

The rumours and claims just keep flowing in for the next version of Windows Phone 7. At a press conference in Japan today, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer let it slip that there are over “500 new features” added in to the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update that is scheduled to be unveiled at an event tomorrow.

We already know of around 30 confirmed and rumoured major changes and updates present in Windows Phone 7 “Mango,” as detailed in our list here, so the other 470 changes must be either extremely minor or a load of other features that will be uncovered at tomorrow’s event. On that list we do have some big features, such as IE9 integration, multi-tasking, Office 365 support, revamped Xbox Live, Bing upgrades, Marketplace improvements and a boatload more.

Also revealed yesterday was the possibility of nine new Windows Phone 7 devices to be shown off at the event from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Acer and Dell – all of which will most likely be running Mango upon release and will also make use of the updated minimum hardware specifications for the update.

Neowin is covering both the New Zealand and London “Mango” events live tomorrow, so if you are interested in catching the latest straight from Microsoft we suggest you head here for that. Also, below you can view the short conference snippet in which Ballmer mentions the impending 500 new features, thanks to WMPowerUser:

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I can't believe how excited some of you people are getting to get a phone update that gives functionality that all the other major phone os's have had for years. It's sad really.

StevenMalone77 said,
I can't believe how excited some of you people are getting to get a phone update that gives functionality that all the other major phone os's have had for years. It's sad really.

Why? If you like the Windows Phone OS and it's metro UI and prefer it upon existing platforms, you've got reasons to be happy to get a load of features only 10 months after initial release.

Next to that, I had an iPhone before and even with it's missing features at launch time, I never looked back and think WP7 is the better platform for the future. I was a big fan of the iPhone when it launched, but think this is just better.

microsoft is the best, apple is okay but also crap, they use existing technology and change the name change its functionality and it becomes theirs!!.. what a lot of bulls**t .......................

Avee said,
microsoft is the best, apple is okay but also crap, they use existing technology and change the name change its functionality and it becomes theirs!!.. what a lot of bulls**t .......................
Thank you for logically backing up all of your arguments with reasonable additions.

Julius Caro said,
I hate it when apple does it (claim to have added XXXXX new features), and it doesnt look any prettier when Microsoft does it.

they probably HAVE 500 new features, but some are small or under the hood that regular users do not notice them. You can't deny that this is already a huge update based on current information.

Maybe a good bunch of those 500 are those new APIs and other bits of code stuff. 500 seems like a lot for many to be major stuff.

Quikboy said,
Maybe a good bunch of those 500 are those new APIs and other bits of code stuff. 500 seems like a lot for many to be major stuff.

i think APIs and features are different. these API's will definitely contribute to the features being possible, but consumers don't care about APIs or even know what they are. The features that stem from them is what the consumer will care about.

Hey anyone know if they'll have a live stream for this event we can watch? I haven't seen a link posted to any website yet like what MS had for MiX and MWC.

You know what I just figured, you name a few major features like IE9 but I bet MS is looking at the individule features inside each of the "major" parts and could be counting those.

So something like IE9 which is one app to us could and probably does add a number of new features etc. But hey, who knows, tomorrow we'll see what else they'll show us.

GP007 said,
You know what I just figured, you name a few major features like IE9 but I bet MS is looking at the individule features inside each of the "major" parts and could be counting those.

So something like IE9 which is one app to us could and probably does add a number of new features etc. But hey, who knows, tomorrow we'll see what else they'll show us.


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"Added sorting by letter B in Favorites"
"Added sorting by letter C in Favorites"
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GP007 said,
You know what I just figured, you name a few major features like IE9 but I bet MS is looking at the individule features inside each of the "major" parts and could be counting those.

So something like IE9 which is one app to us could and probably does add a number of new features etc. But hey, who knows, tomorrow we'll see what else they'll show us.


Probably. But this is an excoting update just the same.

I am looking forward to tomorrow, I am fortunate enough to be attending as well so I will try and list as many of the features announced that I can.

I wonder how many of these 'new features' were actually in PocketPC/WinMo5-6.x but were removed and are now being reintroduced to make WP7 look better to shareholders and clueless consumers...

"Removed" isn't the right term here. "Not re-implemented yet" is more accurate in this context. WP7 isn't Windows Mobile. The only thing they have in common is Windows CE.

Off-Topic: Is it just me or was Shazam removed from Marketplace? My phone (Dell Venue Pro) has had an update from Shazam for well over a week now and everytime I try to install the update I get an error code saying: "Can't get this info right now. Check back in a little while" So I decided to look for the App in Marketplace and its gone. Anyone else know about this?

NPGMBR said,
Off-Topic: Is it just me or was Shazam removed from Marketplace? My phone (Dell Venue Pro) has had an update from Shazam for well over a week now and everytime I try to install the update I get an error code saying: "Can't get this info right now. Check back in a little while" So I decided to look for the App in Marketplace and its gone. Anyone else know about this?

Shazam went payware and in order to do that, they had to remove their old app and re-submit and it looks like they resubmitted it under games or something? either way, its limited now. With that being said, Mango & Bing will have this service built right into the phone so you won't need it once that happens

blahism said,

Shazam went payware and in order to do that, they had to remove their old app and re-submit and it looks like they resubmitted it under games or something? either way, its limited now. With that being said, Mango & Bing will have this service built right into the phone so you won't need it once that happens

Thats unfortunate but as you said the Mago Bing update will fix that just fine. Thanks for the info.

jimmyfal said,
I dare you guys to compile that list, I would actually read it... that's how damaged I am.

Me too, I would like to see a list of the improvements, fixes and new features.