WP7: What to expect tomorrow at the Mango event

Windows Phone 7 is due for a major update in the near future, and Microsoft is to take the wraps off of the consumer side of the update tomorrow at two simultaneous events in London and New York, as well as other events in New Zealand and other countries.

Neowin will be covering the New Zealand and London events live, but in the meantime, here's a list of what we know, and what is expected to be announced:

Official announcements:

Rumors:

...And we're hearing about many more features on top of this. The news is exciting for early adopters and the prospects are looking good for the new platform. We're hoping Microsoft can deliver to the rumored September release deadline, rather than the end of the year.

Don't forget to visit here and bookmark the page for our live coverage of the Windows Phone OS 7.5 (Mango) unveiling tomorrow.

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The problem with this announcement is that it will stall windows phone 7 purchases.

I personally was an early adopter with the Samsung Focus, and I'm happy to have NoDo.

Unfortunately, handset manufacturers will have to release new hardware tomorrow with the announcement. If they don't, people who are curious about the platform today will hold off until the new handsets are launched.

The main reason for this assessment is the inclusion of the gyroscope requirement in Mango sets. There is something called the 'MotionSensor' which is a combination of other sensors and the gyroscope that will enable some interesting things for augmented reality developers.

Like the photosynth for iPhone that was released a few months back. It requires the 'MotionSensor' API to work on Mango Wp7.
I hope the lag between this announcement and retail availability is at maximum, one business quarter.

These are the updates that I'm waiting for. My Android phone can do most of these things, so I can't really justify switching to WP7 at the moment. Go WP7!

I really expect this to be delayed another 6 months. It's embarrassing for Microsoft that most of these items were not even in the platform at launch.

RawGutts said,
I really expect this to be delayed another 6 months. It's embarrassing for Microsoft that most of these items were not even in the platform at launch.

Can't see it being 6-months. 3 maybe.

I'm getting an update now, I have nodo and the new update is 7.0.7392 it isn't mango though, haven't seen any news about it here..

KRS Deamon said,
I'm getting an update now, I have nodo and the new update is 7.0.7392 it isn't mango though, haven't seen any news about it here..

Tis just a certificate update. Mango is 7.x.75xx

I'd rather have them release all that stuff in smaller, more frequent updates.
Waiting until September for the next update... Come on.

Full Skydrive support should have been there in the first place. I was really surprised when I found out it wasn't there. Probably wouldn't have bought my WP7 if I knew about that earlier.

dodgetigger said,
I'd rather have them release all that stuff in smaller, more frequent updates.
Waiting until September for the next update... Come on.

Full Skydrive support should have been there in the first place. I was really surprised when I found out it wasn't there. Probably wouldn't have bought my WP7 if I knew about that earlier.


Thats not that far off...

There are another couple 'rumoured' items that I read last week on via another reputable source...

- Custom ringtones
- Deep integration of speech to text. The rumour was not only will S2T be accessible for SMS's but emails, etc.
- Pinnable email folders to home

These are just a couple of others that I've read around the sites. Basically, whatever comes will be a good thing for the OS and its users. Shall I say - the wait is worth it? Naahhh --- Bring it!

tropolite said,
There are another couple 'rumoured' items that I read last week on via another reputable source...

- Custom ringtones
- Deep integration of speech to text. The rumour was not only will S2T be accessible for SMS's but emails, etc.
- Pinnable email folders to home

These are just a couple of others that I've read around the sites. Basically, whatever comes will be a good thing for the OS and its users. Shall I say - the wait is worth it? Naahhh --- Bring it!


Custom ringtones was shown at MIX11.

Owen W said,

It's by VIP invite only. Sorry

Ye i thought so, was just curious where they would hold an event like this. It's in auckland I presume?

Yes Yes Yes, give me everything on that list and I will party in my pants! ... at the moment WP7 is terrible missing lots of features that should have been standard and released at launch... For a platform like WP7 coming to the market with Andriod and iOS being already established it need to have everything they had and more for people to make the switch to it.

Lots of people who see my HD7 mistake it for a DesireHD... when I say its not Andriod its WP7 its a big turn off for them. The interface does wow them, live tiles and the swishy movement etc but features do not

Hopefully Mango will live up to its reputation and in my eyes should re-launch the WP7 platform as it should have been at launch!

redbear.sam said,
Still no word on custom ring tones. In my experience that's the thing that bums people out most about windows phone 7....
I totaly agree!!

redbear.sam said,
Still no word on custom ring tones. In my experience that's the thing that bums people out most about windows phone 7....

There is word. The ringtone API was demonstrated at MIX, which allowed developers access to set your ringtone to anything they wanted.

And if they've given developers an API for it, it's pretty much a given they'll also have something that lets you do it built into the OS too. Either way you'll be able to do it when Mango hits

redbear.sam said,
Still no word on custom ring tones. In my experience that's the thing that bums people out most about windows phone 7....

Are you 14 years old mate? Maybe then, it would bother you.

I personally don't care about a little alert tune that will usually play for 2 or 3 seconds before I press answer.
P.S. It's been known for a while custom ringtones are coming. So keep your pants on lol.

This is such an exciting release. I really can't believe how large it is (And the article didn't even mention all of the SDK improvements...) This is going to be huge.

I can't wait to see what else is going to be making its way into this release, and particularly what phones we might be able to look forward to.

M_Lyons10 said,
(And the article didn't even mention all of the SDK improvements...)

That's the biggest thing for me. There are a lot of apps that can't exist right now because of the limited SDK.

M_Lyons10 said,
This is such an exciting release.

Comparing to NoDo yes it is. but I believe they should have done it earlier even before releasing the first WP7 Phone. All they got now is that they spent millions and have been humiliated.

M_Lyons10 said,
This is such an exciting release. I really can't believe how large it is (And the article didn't even mention all of the SDK improvements...) This is going to be huge.

I can't wait to see what else is going to be making its way into this release, and particularly what phones we might be able to look forward to.

From Winrumors:

Outlook Conversation View - Emails combined together in threads
Lync Messaging Client - Enterprise messaging client
Twitter integration - Tweets integration into people hub
Office 365 integration - Office 365 features built-in
Bing Vision - Scan QR, Microsoft Tags, books, CDs and DVDs
Bing Audio - Similar to Shazam, will identify songs
Windows Live Messenger integration - Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
Facebook Chat integration - Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
AOL Messenger integration - Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
Contacts grouping - Create groups of contacts to send messages to
Xbox LIVE sync function - Sync function to likely sync settings/games across devices
Now playing artist information on lock screen - album art on the lock screen
Visual Voicemail support - Visual voicemail using same method as iOS/Android
Network awareness NCSI support - improvements for switching between networks/optimization
Internet Explorer 9 mobile - HTML5 support and hardware acceleration
Multitasking support - switch quickly between apps
Fast application resume - quickly resume recently used apps
Podcast support - download podcasts via the Marketplace
Turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps - voice guided directions and turn-by-turn
SMS dictation - Microsoft tellme dictates messages
East Asian Language keyboard support - additional language support
Handwriting and dictionary support - support for writing Chinese characters
Pin Outlook Folders - Pin folders as favorites inside Outlook
SkyDrive integration - Access SkyDrive documents from Office Hub
Kinect support for games - interact with Kinect and Xbox games from Windows Phone
Outlook email server search - search Exchange servers from Outlook client
Complex (alpha-numeric) password support - strong number and character password support
Information Rights Management - support for protecting e-mails and Office documents
Ringtone support - third party ringtone support
App list - automatically detect list, implemented jump list and search for apps
Marketplace search improvements - apps, podcasts, music separated for easy search
App install improvements - progress bar install UI
Search extras - User search actions can be connected to third-party apps
Motion Sensor - apps to use new gyroscope hardware
Background audio - apps can run audio in the background
File download service - third-party apps can download files from the web
Alarms - alarm notifications for third-party apps
Pin app features - Users can pin live tiles of deep app features in third-party apps
Zune Smart DJ mix - allows users to discover new music and save/create playlists
Camera sound toggle - users can now disable the camera shutter sound
WiFi improvements - support for hidden SSID networks

S3P€hR said,

Comparing to NoDo yes it is. but I believe they should have done it earlier even before releasing the first WP7 Phone. All they got now is that they spent millions and have been humiliated.

They were already a year late with windows phone 7. They had STARTED OVER FROM SCRATCH. They were prioritizing what to get done, and what to move to the next release. I'll admit, it's lame that they couldn't support CDMA networks and C&P at launch, but I understand that microsoft had completely rewritten everything from the ground(windows ce 7.0) up. In other words, the fact that almost all these features are probably catch up with the rest of the smartphone market is even better, because they can now start innovating in Apollo. Does anyone find in interesting the randomness of the letters that they started with. "NoDo," "Mango," "Apollo," what happened to L through B?

day2die said,

From Winrumors:

Outlook Conversation View - Emails combined together in threads
Lync Messaging Client - Enterprise messaging client
Twitter integration - Tweets integration into people hub
Office 365 integration - Office 365 features built-in
Bing Vision - Scan QR, Microsoft Tags, books, CDs and DVDs
Bing Audio - Similar to Shazam, will identify songs
Windows Live Messenger integration - Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
Facebook Chat integration - Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
AOL Messenger integration - Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
Contacts grouping - Create groups of contacts to send messages to
Xbox LIVE sync function - Sync function to likely sync settings/games across devices
Now playing artist information on lock screen - album art on the lock screen
Visual Voicemail support - Visual voicemail using same method as iOS/Android
Network awareness NCSI support - improvements for switching between networks/optimization
Internet Explorer 9 mobile - HTML5 support and hardware acceleration
Multitasking support - switch quickly between apps
Fast application resume - quickly resume recently used apps
Podcast support - download podcasts via the Marketplace
Turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps - voice guided directions and turn-by-turn
SMS dictation - Microsoft tellme dictates messages
East Asian Language keyboard support - additional language support
Handwriting and dictionary support - support for writing Chinese characters
Pin Outlook Folders - Pin folders as favorites inside Outlook
SkyDrive integration - Access SkyDrive documents from Office Hub
Kinect support for games - interact with Kinect and Xbox games from Windows Phone
Outlook email server search - search Exchange servers from Outlook client
Complex (alpha-numeric) password support - strong number and character password support
Information Rights Management - support for protecting e-mails and Office documents
Ringtone support - third party ringtone support
App list - automatically detect list, implemented jump list and search for apps
Marketplace search improvements - apps, podcasts, music separated for easy search
App install improvements - progress bar install UI
Search extras - User search actions can be connected to third-party apps
Motion Sensor - apps to use new gyroscope hardware
Background audio - apps can run audio in the background
File download service - third-party apps can download files from the web
Alarms - alarm notifications for third-party apps
Pin app features - Users can pin live tiles of deep app features in third-party apps
Zune Smart DJ mix - allows users to discover new music and save/create playlists
Camera sound toggle - users can now disable the camera shutter sound
WiFi improvements - support for hidden SSID networks


Winrumors has a similar list... thanks for Copy and Pasting? :-/

Owen W said,

Winrumors has a similar list... thanks for Copy and Pasting? :-/

It says at the top of the post you quoted "From Winrumors"

slayr007 said,
Does anyone find in interesting the randomness of the letters that they started with. "NoDo," "Mango," "Apollo," what happened to L through B?

All WP7 code names end in "o"