Joe Belfiore Announces Next Release of Windows Phone, Code-Named 'Mango'

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Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president in Windows Phone shows off some of the new features coming in the Mango release of Windows Phone.

Mango, which will be available this fall, includes hundreds of new features and improvements organized around three key themes: easier communications, smarter apps, and the Internet. ere are the highlights:

Easier communications. The next version of Windows Phone keeps pace with the many different ways people connect and share—whether its calls, texts, emails, IMs, tweets, check-ins, or posting tagged photos or status updates. New features include:

       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 and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group, right from the start screen.

       Deeper social network integration. Twitter and Linked In feeds are now integrated into contact cards; built-in Facebook check-ins; and new face detection software that makes it easy 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 speech-to-text and text-to-speech support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

Smarter approach to apps. Windows Phone will challenge the way people think about apps. Mango brings improved app notifications and updates on the Start screen. Apps are also more integrated in search results and hubs. Highlights include:

       App Connect.  See apps in search results and hubs such as Music + Videos and Pictures. App Connect works with Marketplace, so results include both apps already on your phone and new apps to download.

       Improved Live Tiles. Live Tiles are more dynamic and can hold more information—making it easier to get real-time info from apps without having to open them. 

       Multitasking. Apps can now run in the background while preserving battery life and performance. You can also quickly switch between open apps.

Go beyond the browser. Mango packs Internet Explorer 9 and leverages built-in phone capabilities like location awareness and the camera to supply more relevant search results and local info and suggestions. Highlights:

       Internet Explorer 9. The power of a PC-browser plus support for HTML5 and hardware-accelerated graphics.

       Bing. Bing on Windows Phone offers more ways to search the web with features voice and music search and Bing Vision, which uses your phone’s camera to look up product info.

       Local Scout. Provides hyper-local search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy to use guide powered by Bing.  

       Cards. Handy summaries of relevant info from Bing (including related apps) for products, movies, events or place you search for.


 

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  • User profile image
    Rahul Soni

    I am in love with Windows Phone 7. Can't wait to see it win the market share. Keep up the good work!

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    kettch

    The scout looks cool, but have they actually made it so you can sort the results for searches by distance?

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    Mauricio Rojas

    I would like to know more about the Mango WP7 apis.
    What about SQLCE, any updates SDKs?
    I love the hands-free texting!!

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    AllenN

    This is a fantastic video.  Please help the cell phone stores with a kiosk that shows a video like this.  The salespeople need to see how awesome Windows Phone is.  Smiley

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    srikalyan

    Is there any customization feature in Scout like near by gas stations or bus station ? BTW great video.

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    Dovella

    Congrat!

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    BarnyardTech

    Awesome video.  I can't wait for the fall.  Hoping that the Carriers get their act together.

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    Gabrielk

    Looks awesome, I love all the new features and there's a lot more we don't know yet. Please don't make me wait two months since release to get it just because my carrier is "Testing".

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    Catto

    Mango sounds great!

    Thx 4 the info;

    Catto

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    ToasterImp

    These are great features for the next release, but until WP7 gets some sort of mechanism to back up the apps, data and account info on our phones, we’re still lagging behind in the user friendliness that iPhone users enjoy. I took my Samsung Focus to an ATT store to upgrade my data plan, and removing the cover of the phone was all it took to trigger the OS to require a reformat of the SSD card. It’s not fun to manually reformat, re-enter and re-download all your account information and purchased apps. The excellent features of the OS won’t make up for customers not being able to recover their data in an easy manner.

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    Jules

    We heard most of this at Mix.
    So I guess Scout will gain juts be a US only service, like some of the other Bing Services are only availble in the US.

    It is looking like WP7 is beig pitched at the social user, I guess that is where the new market is. Its just a shame that WP7 is not offering better Office and Enterprise integration for the business users.

    Still looking forward to the Mango Tease, just for an Improved Garbage Collector, as my XNA Game is stuterring like hell. Hopefully we will get to see the full Mango Released this year, and its not delayed into the next year by MS or the Carriers.

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    Minh

    Will existing WP7 users get Mango? How much do AT&T customers have to wait?

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    Laura10

    @Minh: Yes- Mango will be available as an update to existing phones.

     

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    Laura10

    @Minh: Yes- Mango will be available as an update to existing phones.

     

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    IRB

    I'm looking forward to this arriving, lots of nice features seem to have been added.

     

    Good job guys/gals.

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    aL_

    i really hope they make it available for apps to integrate into the messagaing system and other hub points, so that ny service can just plug in there.. beeing able to put skype contacts in there seems highly logical, and whould be super useful for me personally, especially in combination with the groups feature.

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    TJohansen

    This looks all interesting.

    I just hope they introduce the online marketplace in Norway soon. That is the only reason why i have still not bought a Windows mobile phone.

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    Calciol

    Can't wait Big Smile

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    rhm

    It's mostly great, but search as a solution for launching apps = lame. iPhone has had search since 3.0 and very few people ever use it. They introduced folders in 4.0 for good reason.

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    PoppaRae

    Me like, using andriod phone at the momment, the Atrix the most powerful smartphone on the market, because can't get my WP7 to work with da bluetooth in my car, arrrgh! . Need help people!!!

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    gjvdkamp

    Just returned my Omnia 7 here in the Netherlands, I think the features mentioned here (task switching, threaded email conversations) might just have made me keep it. Make sure you guys roll this stuff out to customers ASAP! Fall is a long time away...

    WP7 is awesome in potential, but people are looking at it now and a lot still find it wanting, you only get 1 chance for a first impression guys. Hurry! 

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    Mehdi Keramati

    Any news about gloabalization/localization?

    Current release of Windows Phone 7 does not supports localization.

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    hexagram

    Looking good, looking very good.

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    tayzirov

    But what about RDP?????

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