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Microsoft ships Windows Phone Mango and prepares handset updates

Jenny Williams

Microsoft is preparing to release the "Mango" update to its Windows Phone operating system (OS) in October 2011 after releasing the latest version to mobile handset manufacturers for testing.

The software giant unveiled the Mango version of the Windows Phone mobile OS in May 2011, claiming to introduce over 500 new features. Microsoft is now preparing to roll out updates to all Windows Phone handsets by the end of the year.

Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Windows Phone engineering, said in a blog post, "This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimise Mango for their specific phone and network configurations."

He added that the Mango update will be ready by the end of October 2011 and come pre-installed on new Windows Phone handsets.

Mango includes new features such as Office hub support for Microsoft SkyDrive and Office 365, as well as Twitter and LinkedIn integration. The new version also runs Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 web browser and supports HTML5 websites.

Fujitsu and Toshiba announced the Windows Phone IS12T device as the first handset to run Windows Phone Mango. The mobile device will be available after September.

Achim Berg, corporate vice-president, Windows Phone marketing at Microsoft, claimed the firm has "reinvented" the way apps work.

"On other platforms, apps live in silos and are not connected. With Mango, we have taken apps to a new level, so consumers can author, edit and collaborate with colleagues using cloud services, including Office. Developers can write apps that integrate deeply with multi-tasking," he said.

A minor Windows Phone update, called NoDo, released earlier in the year was subject to delays and problems. This led to Microsoft pulling the update from Samsung handsets.


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