Microsoft Previews “Mango” Software Update, Says 4G Phones Coming This Fall

Microsoft just finished their “VIP Preview” event for press and developers offering up another look at the Mango software update coming this fall. Microsoft did a pretty great run through of some of the new features all while promising close to 500 of them would be added to the final release. While a great deal of those will be under the hood quite a few of the most important ones bring Windows Phone 7 to an arguably equal level with other smartphone platforms. Here are some things to look for:

  • Messaging threads which integrate text and Facebook chat
  • Group contacts into live tiles and easily see status updates and send messages
  • Contact cards now feature integrated Twitter and LinkedIn feeds
  • Linked inbox to combine all your email accounts, or combine work and personal separately
  • Improved live tiles with more real-time info
  • Multitasking support that helps improve battery life and performance
  • IE9 which includes hardware acceleration and HTML 5 support
  • Bing on Windows Phone including Bing Vision (think Google Goggles) Bing Music Search and Bing Voice

That’s just a taste of what to expect later this year when Mango arrives. Thankfully Microsoft is providing Mango to all existing Windows Phone 7 devices (take a lesson here Google) with future devices including the upcoming Nokia models launching with Mango already on board. The boys at Phonescoop also picked up word from Microsoft that said their existing hardware partners: Samsung, LG and HTC will be shipping new phones with Mango this fall and they WILL include 4G. While the type of 4G wasn’t specified we hope since T-Mobile was a launch partner that they will be one of the first to see a 4G Windows Phone 7 device.

Video courtesy of YouTube

Hit the press release below or check out the above video showing off the full feature set.

Microsoft Previews Next Release of Windows Phone

“Mango” to deliver smarter and easier communications, apps and Internet experiences and bring Windows Phone to more customers around the world.

REDMOND, Wash. — May 24, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The “Mango” release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall. More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability. Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Windows Phone Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets.*

“Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more,” said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. “With ‘Mango,’ Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort.”

Communications: Easier to Connect and Share

The smartphone experience can be complicated by a sea of disconnected apps and accounts as people attempt to keep pace with all the ways they communicate — from calls, texts, email and instant messages (IM) to status updates, Tweets, check-ins, photo posting and tagging. To help people stay on top of that growing complexity, the “Mango” release organizes information around the person or group people want to interact with, not the app they have to use.

•Threads. Switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.

•Groups. Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Start Screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group.

•Deeper social network integration. Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards, and “Mango” includes built-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Web.

•Linked inbox. See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.

•Hands-free messaging. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

A Smarter Approach to Apps

Windows Phone will challenge the way people think about apps. Today their usefulness is measured by what can be done within the app, but Microsoft sees the promise of apps in how they can be integrated directly into the core experiences of the phone. In addition to making it easy to get timely notifications and updates from apps right from the Start Screen, the “Mango” release also will surface apps as part of search results and within Windows Phone Hubs. As a result, a useful app is more likely to be right there when needed.

•App Connect. By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, including Music and Video and Pictures, “Mango” allows apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.

•Improved Live Tiles. Get real-time information from apps without having to open them. Live Tiles can be more dynamic and hold more information.

•Multitasking. Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background, helping to preserve battery life and performance.

Taking the Internet Beyond the Browser

In addition to including Internet Explorer, the “Mango” release will connect the power of the Web to the unique capabilities of Windows Phones, such as location awareness, camera and access to apps, to present a way of viewing the Web that is more localized, actionable and relevant.

•Internet Explorer 9. A browser based on the powerful Internet Explorer 9 and including support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration.

•Local Scout. Provides hyperlocal search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy-to-use guide.

•Bing on Windows Phone. More ways to search the Web, including Bing Vision, Music Search and Voice so it’s easy to discover and decide.

•Quick Cards. When searching for a product, movie, event or place, see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.

Strengthening the Ecosystem

The Windows Phone ecosystem has grown steadily since Windows Phone 7 first launched in October, with more than 17,000 apps currently available on Windows Phone Marketplace and Windows Phone handsets available from a range of partners worldwide, and Microsoft’s recently announced partnership with Nokia. “Mango” will further expand and strengthen the Windows Phone ecosystem through new partnerships with Acer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and ZTE Corp., which today announced plans to deliver new Windows Phone devices in markets around the world. Furthermore, Microsoft announced it will support additional languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish, and will greatly expand the list of countries where consumers have access to apps via Windows Phone Marketplace. As well, a beta release of the free Windows Phone Developer tools, which will be used to create the next generation of “Mango” apps and games, will be posted for public download to Microsoft’s website within 24 hours of today’s events. More information about what “Mango” means for developers, the tools and a link to the public download page is available at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/05/24/developer-news-beta-mango-tools-available-today.aspx.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Some information relates to pre-released product that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here.

*Data plan required; carrier fees apply. Apps from Marketplace. Features and services vary by area, phone, carrier and service plan.

 

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  • Guest

    Microsoft Windows phone? Nope. Don’t want it.

  • Guest

    Microsoft Windows phone? Nope. Don’t want it.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Then don’t post in the thread…mmmkay?

    • Maymaol

      Troll Guest on every Microsoft Windows Phone thread? Mope. Don’t want it.

  • Anonymous

    There were VERY FEW things I liked about windows phone. And before you say it, sure, this update will bring some welcome things but it’s still…windows phone, the BM of mobile OS’s.

  • Anonymous

    Actually looking forward to these updates, a lot of people talk crap about WP7 without using it, maybe I went in with extremely low expectations but I have been nothing but impressed with my HD7. Lags and force closes way less than my GS4G or my IPhone4. Display is adequate so that watching movies or shows doesn’t seem pointless and the music integration is only rivaled by iTunes/iOS… Could use more titles I’m the xbox suite espeially with the SE Play being the official PS phone for now… I think if anything this Mango update might earn them some more credibility with devs so that we can see more apps i the marketplace. A WP account manager told me there are like 17K apps, most of them are complete trash though. The email clients are also pretty bad ass too… Fall? Maybe I’ll hold on to my HD7 a bit longer…

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking of getting the HTC HD7. A guy from work wants $150 for it. I should pick it up and get used to it since I will be rockin’ the Windows phone for a couple of years.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

        $150 and he’ll give you his Windows Phone? Dude, that’s a bargain for any god smartphone! No contract required… take the deal!

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I am going to take it. I guess he cancel his contract and went with AT&T….. yup, just for the iphone 4. So, i will get it first thing tomorrow. :)

  • TMOTECH

    I have always hated windows phone but this looks very promising. They are finally stepping up. 

    • Addicus

      Funny you say “finally stepping up”.  They have done more for their new OS in the first 8 months than Google did for Android or Apple for iOS in the first 2 years.  While WP7 may not have had everything we all desired for an OS out of the box, it wasn’t nearly as bare as those 2 os’s were upon launch.  If we are going to evaluate MS and their work here – let’s do it fairly.  

      One thing I really like about WP7 is it seems to have an much larger growth chart than any mobile OS we have seen before.  I would really like for MS to expand the user’s control with the external card usage, outlook mail abilities etc…, but they seem very serious about bringing a competent and great product AND ARE MAKING THE UPDATES AVAILABLE AND USABLE TO THE WP7 PHONES OUT NOW.   Kudos.  

      • whosaidwhat

        Are you sure about that? Google was basically bashed for releasing update too often. It’s only this year that they’ve slowed down. You can say that MS is moving faster than Apple with updates but google? I don’t think so.

        • Addicus

          It took Google much longer for the first and second major updates for Android and the OS was still doing less than what WP7 does now. In the past 2 years Google has put out a lot of Android updates, but the issue is fragmentation since every manufacturer forms Android to it’s own specs.  One thing WP learned from Apple is high level baseline specs will allow the consumer experience to be uniform across the board (hopefully a good experience). When it comes to WP7 a lot of the vitriol is due to the great ascents that mobile computing has reached and the expectations are naturally higher now than 5 or 6 years ago.  I’m really just talking about being fair and honest with our analysis of how MS is coming along with this system.  I’m not completely sold (hate the lack of user control), but still am impressed with it.  Mango seems like a great step forward, especially with the multi-tasking and 4G support (hopefully for T Mobile USA!!!).  The grouping of contacts would be a god send to my wife who is doing so much group interactions her head spins sometimes.  

        • whosaidwhat

          LOL…you people and this fragmentation thing. If you want an Android phone that always has the most up to date software, then get a Nexus device and enjoy. If you are one of the millions out there who don’t know the different between froyo and gingerbread but enjoy the hell out of using your phone then keep on enjoying it.

          Is it really that difficult a concept? Google builds its OS, benchmarks it on it’s tightly controlled hardware and sells it for those who want the pure google experience. They also give the OS away for oem’s to cook up whatever they want on top of it. Don’t like that experience? Go with something else like Windows or ios. If you think the current crop of IOS and WP7 hardware will always have the most up to date software, then you’re in for a disappointment.

        • Addicus

          I have been a Windows Mobile user for since 2003 years.  I have experienced fragmentation.  Usually it is because the carriers and/or manufacturer refused to supply the update.  I hated having to buy a new phone for the updates that my current phone was capable of using properly. That’s why I’ve been a long standing member of XDA -Developers.

          I’m not ragging on Android. I’m stating fact that fragmentation of the OS system whether on the phone or tablet side is a major downside for me and the lack of it is a big bonus for WP7.  I especially like how the carriers are only allowed to skip one update.  We all know the current crop of hardware isn’t going to always be on top but is nice to get longevity out of these things.  3125, 8125, 8525, HD2.  4 phones since 2003.  Windows Mobile 6.0 wasn’t made available for the 3125 (p.o.s.), Windows Mobile 6.1 wasn’t made available for the 8125 and Windows Mobile 6.5.x wasn’t made available for the 8525.  I’m sad WP7 wasn’t officially made available for the HD2.  I hate fragmentation!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

    Can’t wait for Mango.

    I’m also impatient. I don’t want them to slowly release/tease all the other unannounced features over the next several weeks – I want it all now. Just release a document with 500 bullet points and throw it all in there :)

  • http://twitter.com/Emir_Mu Emir

    It is just painful watching that BlackBerry and how slow it was, while he was showing the browser on all those phones.

  • Anonymous

    Nokia+ WP7+ Mango=…… :faints:

    Very excited. I can’t wait. Since I just read that the N9  will only be for developers, I will pass on the N9 and hold on to my Nokia N8. When the Nokia WP7 comes out, I will be like a Apple fanboy and camp out. This holiday is gonna be great!

  • Jamrock

    I moved to an HD7 from a Android HD2 thinking I’ll try it and go back to my HD2. But after using it the past month,I won’t be going back. I like it and I”ve had the G1,HD2,G2,which are all great phones. But the windows phone suits me best and I’m comfortable with it. Just my .02.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or is that the guy with the tiny hands from the Burger King commercial?

  • Anonymous

    I really like the minimalist-ness of the os very clean, I was really tempted by the HD7 last fall but passed because their market is garbage and until they improve that they are not going to be able to entice android users like myself or others who use ios to give them a shot imo

  • nerdlust

    Sweet I was planning on getting a dualcore android but I’m curious to see the next gen windows phones. I was impressed by the first gen but this second might make me switch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PistolPat713 Michael Patrick

      I seriously doubt Windows Phones will be equipped with dual-cores anytime soon. The good news is: Dual-core is not a necessity in Windows Phones; it is smooth and snappy as-is.

  • Not Your Cup Of Tea Dont Drink

    This Mango update will be sick! Cant wait, wonder what phones are on the horizon for W7….

  • DingleBerry

    I never like Windows products, but after using a Win 7 phone, I almost forgot about Android. I am on the verge of changing from Android to Win 7.

    • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

      i have said it many times, windows phone 7 is a force on the rise.

      • Not Your Cup Of Tea Dont Drink

        I agree dude!!!!….Windows is doing its research and taking elements from all the current OS’s and turning it into something better. Another year or two, I cant even imagine what it will be like….

        • Addicus

          Since the shackles are off in Europe with the Anti Trust decision from 2000-01, I suspect it will show case a lot of MS and 3rd party integration that will leave Apple and Google straining to keep up with the expansion.  I’ve always felt WP7 has the most room for growth from the inception and it seems MS is taking this part of the system very serious.

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      I also was tempted & like @Claudia Carvalho I was tempted to get a HTC HD7 as well. But, I had already invested in Android (dozens of bought Android apps, & Appbucket membership), then the fact Windows still has a way to go as far as apps, & of course my G2x has a front facing camera & can actually take advantage of that with video chats/calls. I’m sure I will switch soon though, it’s fun to experience a taste of something else every so often.

  • http://profiles.google.com/claudiamarie64 Claudia Carvalho

    I ordered the G2X yesterday but I very nearly ordered HTC HD7, which is free at Wirefly if you’re eligible for upgrade. I was tempted by Netflix playability and the reputedly reliable OS and hardware. I chose G2X instead because I need: (1) audio playback with bookmarks for audiobooks; (2) Flash; (3) Google Maps; (4) ePub ebook reader; and (5) 4g. So, I spent $99 at RadioShack and purchased the sometimes troubled G2X, hoping the  Gingerbread update arrives soon and will solve some of the issues people are having with it. But, still, I’ll be watching WP7 updates over the next year. I just wish there was some way to search what apps are available. I may have been willing to do without Google Maps and Flash if I could for sure find apps in the Marketplace for an ebook reader other than Kindle, and a bookmarking media player. Would love to know if any of you WP7 owners could provide info regarding same.

    • Belfiore

      Did anyone notice during the speed read test, the three other phones were connected to 3g, but the mango phone doesn’t indicate what it is connected to? Probably wifi to cheat.

      • http://twitter.com/shipman jon shipman

        Once the page loads, network speed is irrelevant. 

      • michael

        it isnt downloading stuff though, it just checks how fast it *renders* something which is already saved and downloaded to the phone

    • Addicus

      Flash is a killer plus for Google right now.  With IE9 it looks like MS is hoping the HTML5 sites grow rapidly.  

  • Getreal

    Wow! Nice battery life. It is doing almost everything my BB can do! Too little too late. Microsoft is a fail.

    When you think about it why is there so much information overload?

  • ogopogo

    Have you ever had a mango? It’s good at first, then you realize that there isn’t much to it, and you are left unsatisfied.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

      I disagree, they are incredibly tasty all the way through and I’m always satisfied. Except for the mess… Mangoes are so messy

  • Anonymous

    I hope that WP7 doesn’t do multitasking like iOS does.

  • Rfg3

    bing view is a copy of a bar code scanner from android shame microsoft.

  • guest

    Its a very nice minimalist system that just works, but it really has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to compete with Android Gingerbread, much less the ice cream roll out that will be coming to all phones bought right now!

  • guest

    As far as the video goes 2.2 already has HTML 5 support and they are doing test speeds against 2.2 not the 2.3 much less 2.3.4 or any of the other full functioning browsers android offers!

  • Anonymous

    Win 7 phones have always struck me as an intriguing option.  While Microsoft hasn’t made the inroads on Android or iOS that they’d like, they’re leapfrogged RIM (IMHO) by virtue of the user experience.  The gaming and user experience as a whole are pretty sweet which really leaves one glaring hole, apps.  The fragmentation issues that exist for Android isn’t the same for MS but there also doesn’t seem to be as much of a payoff for developers as there is for the others. 

    Ultimately, it gets back to timing since this phone would have provided some serious competition at Android’s outset (nobody was there to compete against iOS… RIM was never in the discussion).  Microsoft will continue to play catch-up by offering a bevy of cool features that users simply overlook b/c of established market share for the others.  That said, their wise to continue to play up the XBox and multimedia experiences which Android is just starting to nail down.       

  • anonymous

    r u serious with this verizon pop up add on tmonews? That is the biggest joke of the year. 

    • Petey

      Seriously… It’s abit annoying… shouldn’t they be promoting T-Mobile instead?… smfh.

  • JG01

    How long have they been working on this??????? we have to wait until Fall 2011 !   still not enough for me…..theymight pushit out to winter !!!   that would be what…a year for a real update !!

  • http://twitter.com/eb101 mynameseli

    now i want a wp7 even more
    BlackBerry & WP7 dev

  • Guest

    Sorry I’m off topic but I work for mcdonalds do I get some sort of discount if I start a new contract

    • Guest

      Would really appreciate If you’d answer nd really waiting on the htc sensation can’t wait hope ur guts June 8 release date is still in tow

    • BLACK SUPAMAN

      yes you do!!! 15 or 10 percent i think.

  • phone head

    if only tmo had a 4G network

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Williams/1389687638 Allen Williams

      I just saw something that said that tmo is getting the first 4g winPhone.

  • BLACK SUPAMAN

    I would really like to go WP7 but i feel like i cant betray android so I am still waiting for the sensation…. yum yum.

  • Tortionist

    WP7 seemed pretty cool when I played with the HD7, now Mango seems like a great improvement over Windows 7, but until you have complete customizability like you do with Android, as well as copy and paste, flashing ROMs,removing bloatwear, and overclocking . I will stick with Android. Android is king!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

      ??? Where have you been? Windows Phones have copy and paste and any pre-installed applications (“bloatware”) can be easily removed.

      • Tortionist

        That’s not what I read a few weeks back. I read that Microsoft left it off of the OS. I could have been misinformed, but if that’s the case, oh well. Android is still much more robust in its features and ultimate customizeability. still I wouldn’t mind checking out mango. I played with the HD7 and it was pretty cool, but not all that impressive.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Williams/1389687638 Allen Williams

          NODO w/cut&paste was the first update. I wouldn’t call it major, but i won’t complain because its required for a sprint phone to even exist (CDMA support).
          There is no bloatware on WP7. My HTC arrive has an HTC hub, but its just another app. Its not integrated into the OS because microsoft was smart enough to not permit that. If I want rid of it, all I have to do is touch hold it for a couple secs and select the uninstall option. Thats it then I litterally have a stock windows phone.
          Flashing roms can be done, but I don’t know why you need to other than to install mango early (its not released yet, but many people installed leaked versions already).
          Overclocking why? My phone with 1 proc @ 1GHZ runs smooth as silk. From what I hear, even the dual core androids run like crap.
          The biggest missing feature is customization like ring tones. Thats coming in mango.
          Keep in mind this platform isn’t even a year old yet and already competes well with the iphone 3gs and many android features. After the mango update it will compete well with the iphone 5, and the latest android features.

  • http://twitter.com/imaxxhd Maximilian Hernandez

    Windows phone really is a sleeping giant, once it awakens, the two horse race is on, iOs who?