The next release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” had been announced through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features. Windows Phone will 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.
A list of the top new features:
- Switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
- 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.
- 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.
- See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.
- Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.
- Connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, including Music and Video and Picturesز
- Get real-time information from apps without having to open them. Live Tiles can be more dynamic and hold more information.
- Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background, helping to preserve battery life and performance.
- A browser based on the Internet Explorer 9 and including support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration.
- When searching for a product, movie, event or place, see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.
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, has been already posted for public download to Microsoft’s website.
Aside from the widely publicized deal with Nokia. Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE will be making Windows Phone 7.1 devices too. Nokia also confirmed their first Windows Phone devices will come with this edition of WP7.