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Ballmer Promises over 500 New Features in Windows Phone Mango

“Windows Phone Mango will be released later this year”

Speaking at Microsoft’s Developer Forum 2011, Ballmer promised the features at a VIP launch event and hinted at new handsets. “Including some of the particulars about who is going to be building Windows Phones and which carriers will be offering them,” said Ballmer. WMPoweruser spotted Ballmer’s speech and provided a video recording. The confirmation of a big feature set further confirms Microsoft’s plans of a big launch for Windows Phone 7.5 later this year.


Windows Phone Mango Features

Microsoft is holding a VIP Windows Phone Mango event to unveil its plans for the point release later this year. The software giant is also expected to unveil new developer tools for Windows Phone applications. Microsoft is currently hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. Microsoft has promised to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango” is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft, built as 7.1 currently. The company revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.

Feature List So Far

Winrumors compiled a list of features and demos of some of Windows Phone 7.5's best features.

  • Outlook Conversation View – Emails combined together in threads
  • Lync Messaging Client – Enterprise messaging client
  • Twitter integration – Tweets integration into people hub
  • Office 365 integration – Office 365 features built-in
  • Bing Vision – Scan QR, Microsoft Tags, books, CDs and DVDs
  • Bing Audio – Similar to Shazam, will identify songs
  • Windows Live Messenger integration – Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
  • Facebook Chat integration – Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
  • AOL Messenger integration – Integrated into the people hub and messaging hub
  • Contacts grouping – Create groups of contacts to send messages to
  • Xbox LIVE sync function – Sync function to likely sync settings/games across devices
  • Now playing artist information on lock screen – album art on the lock screen
  • Visual Voicemail support - Visual voicemail using same method as iOS/Android
  • Network awareness NCSI support – improvements for switching between networks/optimization
  • Internet Explorer 9 mobile – HTML5 support and hardware acceleration
  • Multitasking support – switch quickly between apps
  • Fast application resume – quickly resume recently used apps
  • Podcast support – download podcasts via the Marketplace
  • Turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps - voice guided directions and turn-by-turn
  • SMS dictation – Microsoft tellme dictates messages
  • East Asian Language keyboard support – additional language support
  • Handwriting and dictionary support – support for writing Chinese characters
  • Pin Outlook Folders – Pin folders as favorites inside Outlook
  • SkyDrive integration – Access SkyDrive documents from Office Hub
  • Kinect support for games - interact with Kinect and Xbox games from Windows Phone
  • Outlook email server search – search Exchange servers from Outlook client
  • Complex (alpha-numeric) password support – strong number and character password support
  • Information Rights Management – support for protecting e-mails and Office documents
  • Ringtone support – third party ringtone support
  • App list – automatically detect list, implemented jump list and search for apps
  • Marketplace search improvements – apps, podcasts, music separated for easy search
  • App install improvements – progress bar install UI
  • Search extras – User search actions can be connected to third-party apps
  • Motion Sensor – apps to use new gyroscope hardware
  • Background audio – apps can run audio in the background
  • File download service – third-party apps can download files from the web
  • Alarms – alarm notifications for third-party apps
  • Pin app features – Users can pin live tiles of deep app features in third-party apps
  • Zune Smart DJ mix – allows users to discover new music and save/create playlists
  • Camera sound toggle – users can now disable the camera shutter sound
  • WiFi improvements – support for hidden SSID networks
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