Microsoft: 17,000 available apps and Windows Phone “Mango” details

Ian Hardy

May 24, 2011 9:18 am


Here’s a rundown of what you can expect from today’s Microsoft Windows Phone preview event. A press release on Microsoft Romanian site states that a “new version for Windows Phone called Mango that will bring over 500 new features that exceed the user experience of smartphones, communication, and Internet applications”. Mango will officially be unleashed sometime “beginning of this summer” and Microsoft states they’ll have more details closer to the actual launch date. In addition, “Windows Phone will be available for new terminals, new partners from the manufacturers”. The current Windows Phone manufacturers are Samsung, LG, Dell and HTC but will also be produced by Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE which will producing devices for “various global markets” by the end of this year. Microsoft also noted that there are 17,000 available apps in the Windows Marketplace.

Here’s a complete list of what you can expect from Mango:
Threads. You can toggle between messages, chat up, and Windows Live Messenger, all in the same conversation
Groups. Start Contact groups Tiles custom Live turns to see the latest statuses and quickly send a message to an email or instant message to the entire group, directly from the Start screen.
Better integration with social networks. Twitter and LinkedIn contacts are integrated into the card and can include up Mango check-in, also have available one nine facial detection software that makes it easy tagging your photos or posting them on the Internet.
- Linked inbox. More email accounts in a secure inbox, conversations are organized so you can view the most recent mail.
Hands-free messaging. Hands-free Built-in speech-to-text and text-to-speech, which allows writing messages and chat hands-free.
Connect App. By connecting and integrating applications on their search results in Windows Phone Hubs, including Music and Videos and Pictures, applications are visible when and where needed.
Live Tile’s improved. You can get updated information without requiring applications to be open. Live Tiles are now more dynamic and can store more information.
Multitasking. Applications can be rotated quickly and at the same time, others may run in the background, while retaining the performance and battery duration.
Internet Explorer 9. The power of a PC browser-based IE9 support for HTML5 and support for hardware acceleration
- Recognize local (Local Scout). Providing local results and recommendations for nearby restaurants, shops and suggested activities, present in a user-friendly guide.
Bing Windows Phone. More ways to search the Internet, including Bing Vision, Voice and Music Search, so that decision making is easier
Quick Cards (Quick Cards). When searching for a product, movie, event or place we provide a summary and relevant applications

Check out the full release here at Microsoft (Google translate)
Via: PocketNow

  • jellmoo

    This should be awesome. The feature list is amazing, and more manufacturers is a great thing. Mango looks to be the “Froyo” of WP7. A game changer of an update.

    • TheCyberKnight

      @jellmoo

      I do agree. This is a very rich update that will raise the bar in terms of global “experience”.

      Also, the GPU accelerated browsing will sure trigger a reaction from the competition. Good for everybody.

  • Chris

    From Microsoft…Name should be “Mangle”.

  • Kevin

    Underwhelming.
    Move along people, nothing to see here.

  • John Smith

    I’ll keep an open mind about the update. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad – but I’d like to see it in its final form before passing judgement.

  • demvin

    I’m so happy we will be able to send text messages by voice !!!

    The next feature I would like, is to be able to talk «live» to somebody. A kind of portable phone booth, if you will.

  • Luqman

    I’m not a WP fan nor owned one before but those features look pretty sweet.

  • Canadude

    Wow, this update is looking much better then I was expecting. Quite a bit sooner as well. Way to go Microsoft, so glad I picked up a WP7.