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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