May 25, 2011

Microsoft announced the next iteration of Windows Phone - Mango

Microsoft who held an event earlier, officially unveiled the next version of their smartphone platform. Codenamed "Mango", this new version of Windows Phone still holds the design and aesthetics of Windows Phone 7 but with some new features here and there, of course. Two of the most amazing new features that Mango is carrying for me, is Bing Vision (which works just like Google Goggles but I believe Windows Phone has it cooler) and then the integration of IE 9's engine into the platform to give you a much better browsing experience when you use your Windows Phone device.

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Of course there are more features inside the Mango version of Windows Phone like a much better email experience with Outlook and what they call "personal email" that allows you to integrate as many email accounts and put a single tile on your phone's homescreen.

I'll be listing the new stuff in Mango as how WindowsTeamBlog presents it. The bullets you see below are all taken from the blog.
  • Easier Communication 
    • 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. There’s also 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
    • 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
    • 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 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.

And finally the Mango version supports more languages like Brazilian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. Also Microsoft reports that the Marketplace now boasts 17,000 apps available for download in 35 different countries "starting this fall".
"Finally, there will also be more phones to choose from. Many of you probably already know about our exciting alliance with Nokia. Today we’re also announcing new partnerships with Acer, Fujitsu Limited, and ZTE Corporation to deliver new Windows Phones handsets."

Here's Joe Belfiore to show you more about the new features in the Windows Phone Mango version.

Source: WindowsTeamBlog


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