Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

Summary: On the heels of its announcement that it had released to manufacturing the "Mango" Windows Phone update" -- Microsoft execs are now updating Mango developers with a near-final build.

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On the heels of its announcement that it had released to manufacturing the "Mango" Windows Phone update" -- Microsoft execs are now updating Mango developers with a near-final build.

The developer update released via the Microsoft Connect site on July 27 is Build 7712. The RTM build is believed to be 7720.The Windows Phone Dev Podcast team hinted yesterday that Microsoft might be ready to launch the 7712 build as early as today.

The big question on many developers' minds: Why not just give Mango devs the actual RTM bits? Windows Phone Senior Product Manager Cliff Simpkins provided an explanation in a new blog post on the Windows Phone Developer blog:

"For the folks wondering why we’re not providing the ‘RTM’ version, there are two main reasons. First, the phone OS and the tools are two equal parts of the developer toolkit that correspond to one another. When we took this snapshot for the refresh, we took the latest RC drops of the tools and the corresponding OS version. Second, what we are providing is a genuine release candidate build, with enough code checked in and APIs locked down that this OS is close enough to RTM that, as a developer, it’s more than capable to see you through the upcoming RC drop of the tools and app submission. It’s important to remember that until the phone and mobile operator portion of Mango is complete, you’re still using a pre-release on your retail phone – no matter the MS build. Until that time, enjoy developing and cruising around on build 7712 – it’s a sweet ride, to be sure."

Developers got their first "Beta 2" test build of Mango in late June. This refresh includes a number of updates, including locked application platform programming interfaces; a screenshot capability built into the emulator; an update to the profiler to include memory profiling; the ability to install NuGet into the free version of the Windows Phone SDK tools; and an "initial peek" at the Marketplace Test Kit.

Microsoft execs said last week that the company was planning to deliver a Release Candidate build of the Mango phone software development kit in late August. From today's post, the RC plan still seems to remain a go.

Mango is now in telco and handset makers' hands for testing. Microsoft officials have said Mango will be pushed to existing Windows Phone users this fall and be available on/with new handsets around the same time. Mango includes a number of new features, ranging from the inclusion of an HTML5-compliant IE 9 browser, to third-party multitasking, to Twitter integration.

Update: Here's the word on Microsoft's plans for specific build numbers once Mango is out from Simpkins: "Although we will be marketing the 'Mango' release as 'Windows Phone 7.5', the 7.5 phones (will be running) 'Windows Phone OS 7.1'. While not an ideal pairing, it's similar to how Windows 7 is actually Windows OS version 6.1."

On July 27, Fujitsu-Toshiba announced what are expected to be the first Mango phones. Due out in Japan in "September or beyond," the IS12T is a waterproof handset that will come in yellow, pink and black and include a 13.2 megapixel camera.

Topics: Telcos, Apps, CXO, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Software Development, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

    Just installed it on my HD7 and its all done in 5 minutes. Testing it for issues right now.
    Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

      Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
      In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
      http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
      yilmazx
  • where did you get it from?

    Did they send you an invitation email?
    Atley
    • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

      @Atley
      Nope, I just connected my Developer unlocked HD7 to zune and got the update. Of course I got an invitation to Mango Beta last month and I did install Beta 1 prior to Beta 2.
      Ram U
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        @Rama.NET
        So you didn't get an OTA notification?
        mikroland
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        @mikroland
        It did on my LG though. I didn't wait for HD7 to get one. I zuned it to computer this morning and I got notice for update. Where as LG was sitting without zuned, and it got OTA notice.
        Ram U
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
        In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
        http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
        yilmazx
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
        In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
        http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
        yilmazx
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
        In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
        http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
        yilmazx
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
        In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
        http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
        yilmazx
    • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

      Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
      In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
      http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
      yilmazx
  • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

    I didn't get an OTA notification, did any of you???
    mikroland
    • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

      Update applied successfully. No wipe & destroy required - simple in-place upgrade :)

      New Mango 7712 update also enables Twitter & Linked-In integration :) Also see someone stating that Mango also pushes audio track metadata via Bluetooth to enabled audio receiver. Will try this in Her Ladyship's motorized chariot (Ford Edge) tonight :)
      bitcrazed
  • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

    This is great, and a very smooth experience ! Integration with Linkedin and Twitter working nice.. Kudos to the Mango team !!! It is the best smartphone experience in the market, period.
    ninjacut
  • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

    The update process was smooth as butter,well done!
    owlnet
  • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

    Mary-Jo, I will explain to you exactly how the version number works.<br><br>Mango is officially Windows Phone 7.5, but its version number is 7.10.7720
    illegaloperation
  • Still needs differentiator

    If it had Flash and Silverlight in the browser and allowed HTML5 apps like Windows 8 will, that would be killer. It also needs a better way to use different calendars. They should move more towards Android and less like iOS. Expandable memory as SD cards would go a long way to stealing IPod needds.
    A Gray
    • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

      @A Gray
      Isn't the "differentiator" the user experince itself? - It's very different.
      xnederlandx
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
        In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
        http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
        yilmazx
      • RE: Microsoft gives Windows Phone developers a refreshed (non-RTM) Mango build

        Many men and women to stay in shape with the problem of the problem, turns out being a problem with African Mango.
        In A, B, C, Beta Carotene containing high levels of vitamins and African mango, as well as the effect of form meets guidelines, also contribute to hair and skin beauty. Beta Carotene, to ensure the beauty of the skin, strengthen the immune system against disorders of night vision, a substance that helps to eliminate a variety of infections.
        http://www.africanmangosiparis.com/
        yilmazx