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.