Microsoft Adds Features to Windows Phone 7 Mango
At an event in New York City today, Microsoft announced more features for the upcoming Mango release of Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has added hundreds of new features to the platform, but focused on a few key areas. For example, it targeted better use of communications and added the ability to thread multiple different communication types (email, SMS, IM) by contact so you see all the messages from one person in one thread, no matter the type of message used. Mango adds support for groups, so users can bunch together groups of family, friends, etc. Other new messaging features include deeper social network integration across apps, the ability to link multiple inboxes, as well as support voice actions and voice dictation for messaging. Microsoft also targeted improving the application ecosystem and performance. For example, users can 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 the phone and new apps to download. Mango supports improved live tiles, which Microsoft says are more dynamic and can provide more information. Other improvements made to Mango include the addition of IE9 for browsing, improved Bing search and "Local Scout" for better local search results. Mango will be available to all Windows Phone 7 devices this fall.
Microsoft Adds Features to Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft today announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, which adds several new features to the smartphone platform. To start, the update will expand Cortana's availability outside the U.S.
Microsoft Rebuilds Bing for iOS
Microsoft today released a wholly new version of its Bing Search application for the iPhone. The app takes advantage of new features in iOS, such as app linking, to improve search suggestions and results.
Bing for iPhone Let's You Search via Pictures
Microsoft has updated its Bing search application for the iPhone and added the ability to search for images captured by the camera. The tool, similar to Google Goggles, lets users take a picture and then use the picture to perform a search.
Microsoft Bringing Maps to Windows 10 Phones, Too
Microsoft today said the Universal Maps app for the Windows 10 platform is now available to phones running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Device owners can download the Universal app via the Windows Insider program.
Bing for Android Can Better Search Through Other Apps
Microsoft today updated its Bing Search app for Android devices and gave it the ability to perform searches from within other applications. The feature, called Bing snapshots, scouts things mentioned on any given page and provides relevant information about them in snapshots.