Work is complete on the first major revision to Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. This new version, code-named Mango, has been delivered to handset makers.
The initial smartphones with this updated version are scheduled to be released this fall. Microsoft needed to get their base version of the operating system to them early so they can begin adapting it to their hardware as well as customizing it.
What’s New in Windows Phone Mango
The list of features in the second version of this platform is long. At the top of the list is an updating the web browser to the full version of Internet Explorer 9, as well as a much greater support for multi-tasking.
In addition, Microsoft has tried hard to fully integrate all the different pieces of Mango software into one coherent whole. For example, looking for a term in the Bing search engine will turn up more than just a list of web pages related to that topic, but the contents of all the apps on the device will be searched.
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Microsoft has promised that all the original crop of smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will get upgrades. A second group of devices from a range of companies is also on the docket.
Take an Early Glimpse
Nokia is going to offer one of the first model running Mango. A video showing this device — code-named Sea Ray — has leaked onto the Web:
Since Nokia announced that it is going to use Windows Phone on all its smartphones going forward, it has become an important partner for Microsoft, and the company will be a critical factor in Windows Phone’s future success… or failure.