Microsoft officially announces, previews Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango”

| May 24, 2011 | Reply

We’ve known about the upcoming Windows Phone update, dubbed “Mango”, for a while now. We covered it briefly earlier this month. Today Microsoft made their Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango” update official and spilled all of the details in their “VIP Preview” of the new-feature-packed OS update. Exactly how many new features are we talking here? Over 500, according to Steve Ballmer…

Some of said new features are:

• 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.
• 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.
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.

Check out the full press release below:

If reading the features list isn’t exciting enough for you, here’s a video with Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore showing off some of the new features:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8tUaD-BTxA&feature=player_embedded

Here’s another video touting the new features:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZML1LzClT4&feature=player_embedded#at=17

Now, I’m an Android guy primarily but I must admit that the Windows Phone OS has me intrigued.. And this feature-laden update makes the OS that much more intriguing, in my opinion. I personally feel that Microsoft has themselves a real contender here. Early sales figures haven’t exactly validified my opinion but I see this thing really picking up in the near future, especially if they continue to add new cool features like this.

Some other notable news that came out of this include: Qualcomm confirming that the next generation of Windows Phone devices will be powered by its Snapdragon processor – And Windows Phone 7.1 will be the version that we’ll see on the first “Nokia with Windows Phone” device.

They gave no official date for when the update will start hitting, but did say to expect it this Autumn…

So what do you think? Yay or nay on Windows Phone 7.x? What’s your mobile OS of choice and do you think Windows Phone can legitimately compete?

 

Source: Engadget, Gizmodo, Microsoft

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