Microsoft Announces Next Release of Windows Phone, Code-Named ‘Mango’In Blog
REDMOND, Wash. – May 24, 2011 – Microsoft today provided the first official look at the next release of Windows Phone, code named “Mango.” The new release includes hundreds of new features that will deliver smarter and easier communications, apps and Internet experiences.
See some of the features users can expect to see in the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango.”
“When we looked ahead to the next release, we wanted to stay true to the principles of Windows Phone 7 – that software should get out of your way and quickly connect you to the things that matter most,” said Greg Sullivan, senior product manager of mobile communications at Microsoft. “Mango builds on the work that we did in Windows Phone 7 and extends a lot of key scenarios around communications, apps, and Internet experiences – with even more capability and a deeper level of integration.”Mango will enable Windows Phone to expand into new markets and extend global reach and scale through support for a host of new languages and new partnerships with Acer, Fujitsu Limited and ZTE Corp. Microsoft said Mango will be available for free to all eligible Windows Phone customers when it’s available in the fall.
A Smarter Smartphone
The predictive nature of Mango signals a more intelligent era for the smartphone. This intelligence doesn’t simply benefit end users who need the right app in the right situation. Mango’s improved functionality also benefits companies and app developers looking for a unique way to reach consumers and on the “buy” end of the “Bing to Buy” scenario Sullivan noted.“We’re really excited to be taking advantage the next release of Windows Phone and the new developer tools,” said Howard Gefen, director of marketing and business development for mobile at Amazon. “We can continue to incorporate features that our customers will enjoy and use, and continue to get the best experience out of the device and the platform.”
Other app features in Mango include:
• Improved Live Tiles, which provides even more real-time information to the home screen. Live Tiles on Mango can be more dynamic and contain more information.
• Multitasking allows users to quickly switch between recently used applications and pick up where they left off by simply pressing and holding the back button.
• Live Agents, which enables developers to create a number of multitasking apps for scenarios involving media, communications, augmented reality and more – all without compromising battery life and performance.
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