WP7 Mango Released to Manufacturers
Microsoft today announced that Windows Phone 7 mango has reached a major milestone: the code has been finalized and handed over to cell phone manufacturers. The release to manufacturer — or RTM — stage means that hardware companies such as HTC, LG, and Samsung, and network operators such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless can use the code to optimize their respective hardware and services before rolling them out later this year. Microsoft said that it is now working on how the update will be rolled out to existing WP7 handsets. Mango is still on track for release this fall.
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Nov 28, 2011
Microsoft recently provided an update to its Windows Phone 7 Connector application for Apple computers. Version 2.01 now includes new features such as syncing with Apple's Aperture program; file drag-and-drop; ringtone transfers; better video conversion; and new support for WP7.5 Marketplace.
Apr 16, 2011
Microsoft has provided an update to the status of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices and the NoDo update. According to the Windows Phone Blog, the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have passed the testing phase and are now in the scheduling phase.
May 26, 2011
Speaking to PCMag, Nokia's chief of smart devices Jo Harlow said that the company plans to release new Windows Phone 7 handsets at a fairly regular pace. "We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that," she said.
May 16, 2011
In a blog post today, Microsoft provided details on a few previously unannounced new features that will be part of the Mango build of Windows Phone 7. These new features are targeted at business users and add to the WP7 platform's collaboration tools.
Whats with the fruity names?
Despite my eagerness for the mango update, I just hope that the carriers have worked out the bugs in the update process with some devices. This update, as well as the update process, will be one of the crucial elements in mass popularity. WP7 is very nice, even in its infant stage and I can't wait for the update. Of course this platform will still not be for everyone but, I hope to see more people enjoying WP7.
There are only two features I would really love to see. If not in the mango update itself, then a future minor update. I appreciated the SkyDrive feature and the integration of MS office but, I would like to see direct document transfer to and from the compu...
As for the direct document transfer, with microsoft allowing those chevron people to unlo...