A mango by any other name is still a phone. Wait, what?
Microsoft offered the world a glimpse at the future today, rolling out the new features and upcoming improvements to Windows Phone.
Posted May 24, 2011
By MATT WASKEY, EVERGEEK MEDIA
Code-named "Mango," the new Windows Phone OS is said to add more than 500 features to help maximize the user experience.
Ease of communication is obviously Mango's goal. Included for release are plans for advanced, streamlined conversation between multiple platforms, innovative group contacts in Live Tiles, more social and networking integration while advances to mail include multiple accounts in one inbox as well as built in text-to-voice along with hands-free text messaging and chatting.
"Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more," said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. "With 'Mango,' Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort."
Other expected improvements include smarter searching of the 17,000+ Windows Phone apps, improved Live Tiles and multitasking for better battery life.
While communication integration is the main goal, it appears that improved internet surfing will also play a key role. Internet Explorer 9 will be featured on the phone, which includes support for the HTML 5 web standard.
Also revealed was "Local Scout," a program that will show amenities in close proximity to the user's location - restaurants, shopping, attractions, etc.
Microsoft also announced partnerships with companies throughout the technology industry, including Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE Corp while also highlighting its existing partnership with Nokia.
The new Windows Phone OS will begin shipping on new phones this fall. For current Windows Phone users, Mango - or whatever the name may be (how about "8"?) - will be a free upgrade.