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Front facing camera support still in Windows Phone 7 Mango

Today's news that the long awaited Mango update for the Windows Phone 7 operating system is now available for developers was welcomed by many folks. As programmers and others checked out the code for the Mango update, it looks like a previously rumored feature might still be put into the Mango version of WP7. That's the front-facing camera support. It was previously spotted as a feature in a screenshot for an early version of the software's file system.

Now there's even more evidence of support for a front facing camera. WPCentral.com reports that a new icon in the WP7's camera application was revealed that seems to be for people to press to switch between front and rear facing cameras. Off the record Microsoft has said they are working on a Facetime like application, first reported by Neowin, but nothing has been set in stone. However, with Microsoft getting closer to finalizing its deal to acquire the Skype Internet phone company, it's possible that Microsoft will be adding Skype support to the Mango WP7 update.

In the meantime, the Mango update itself is finally scheduled to be released to Windows Phone 7 users sometime later this year with lots of improvements and changes planning for the OS including multitaking, Internet Explorer 9, better organization of media files, better game support and more. In fact the Internet rumor machine has already started turning on what the next version of WP7 might be like, a recent online report suggests that the code name for the next update might be Tango.

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