WP7: Mango with Twitter working in latest builds

Microsoft is making massive progress with it's next big OS update -- Mango -- for Windows Phone 7, with the company recently releasing the beta to registered developers and enabling anyone with a developer account and a registered phone to update to the beta bits.

One caveat with the Mango beta was that Twitter wasn't quite ready yet (apparently because of a dispute between Microsoft and Twitter) and is locked down, but it looks like Microsoft is testing a new build of Mango with Twitter functionality working.

WPCentral reports that a few users on Twitter have begun tweeting with the client label "via Windows Phone (via Windows Live)." Previously Microsoft had tested the functionality where the client label read "via Windows Phone (via Windows Live)INT." Neowin has heard from multiple sources that the reason Twitter functionality is yet to be shown off in public is due to tension between Microsoft and Twitter, and that the functionality had been very "hit and miss" before the Mango beta and was not worth including yet.

One tweet is from the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 official twitter account, and another two from Ken Dacey and Christian K who are Windows Phone engineers. The Windows Phone 7 account was quizzed by a user as to if this was a new build, which they would not comment on.

It's not clear if developers will get another beta build before release, but it seems unlikely considering the rumored September release month.

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Frazell Thomas said,
It will be there in the final. Facebook chat is locked out in the BETA too.

Nope, I'm using facebook chat too. You may need to go and re-link your FB and Windows Live accounts to get it working.

I'm really hoping we get another beta because I feel like Microsoft could've personalized Mango a whole lot more than it is right now. Yeah...they changed the orange color to the name Mango, but it's still the same color. We need more themes, more backgrounds, etc.

Just a lot more could be worked on, but I'm sorta pushing it anyway lol. The beta is the best I've ever tested. It's so smooth, like butter! iOS betas always made me nervous and think twice that it was actually a beta and not an alpha. The performance was just thumbs down epic fail. Plus tons of bugs... In the end, the iPhone 3G never got the good features and even when I tested it with jailbreak mods to enable the features, the official iOS4 seemed as unstable as the betas, even on the 3GS, multitasking makes the phone get real warm in your hand.

...which is why I feel like I'm pushing it because it's practically RTM quality! Boot-up is fast, battery life is the same, IE9 renders pages beautifully with 32-bit color support on Samsung Focus (before we had color-banding issues), and everything is great! I just feel as though some personalization tweaks should be made, and what I would love to test out including the new Twitter functionality.

I wouldn't be surprised if there are more colors in the final version than in the beta. That isn't something that they have to beta test, so doesn't have to be included in the beta.

dodgetigger said,
I wouldn't be surprised if there are more colors in the final version than in the beta. That isn't something that they have to beta test, so doesn't have to be included in the beta.

+1 I think little things like that might be added last thing as like you say its not really a needed test feature.. But time will tell as they say...