Microsoft has been hard at work to get its next update to the Windows Phone platform ready for prime time. On that note, Microsoft has announced today that the update has been officially released to manufacturing.
Microsoft has indicated, via the Windows Team Blog, that Mango has been sent out and is now in the hands of "mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations". Microsoft states:
I [ Terry Myerson] wanted to drop into the Windows Phone Blog briefly to update you on an important milestone. Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” – the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system.
This update represents a significant update to the Windows Phone platform and also represents Microsofts next chance to prove to everyone that it is capable of rolling out an update without issue. Microsofts last update, "NoDo", did not go as the company had planned. But, rolling out any update to many different phones on multiple carriers is not an easy task. Microsoft took the hiccups in stride and did keep the public updated as they worked through several issues.
Mango will bring many new features to the table including multitasking, IE 9, Threads, and many more features. It is expected that later tonight Fujitsu will announce one of the first Windows Phones running the Mango platform in Japan.