Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

Summary: The Windows Phone Mango app marketplace is open for business, as of August 22. Microsoft also has made available to developers a near-final test build of its Mango SDK today, as well.

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Late in the day (EST) on August 22, Microsoft officials noted that the infrastructure required for developers to submit Windows Phone "Mango" applications to the Marketplace was beginning to come online.

"The infrastructure for accepting your Mango apps is coming online as we speak! Some of you may already be seeing new content as we conduct a final round of tests. Stay tuned for a more detailed overview of the Mango app submission process within the next 24 hours," read a post on the blog.

Microsoft officials said in late July that August 22 would be the day on which Mango Marketplace submissions would be allowed. Microsoft i also has made available a near-final release candidate (RC) test build of Windows Phone SDK 7.1 as of August 22.

Brandon Watson, the Director for Developer Experience on the Windows Phone team, has been reaching out to potentially disenfranchised webOS developers in an attempt to get them to target the Windows Phone Mango platform. Watson said earlier today that he had received close to 1,000 emails in response to his webOS pitch.

Microsoft announced it had released to manufacturing the Windows Phone Mango (Windows Phone OS 7.1) bits in late July. Microsoft provided those bits to handset makers and carriers for testing. Once they give Microsoft the OK, the company can begin scheduling Mango to be pushed to existing Windows Phone handset owners. Microsoft officials also have said that new phones running Mango will be available this fall.

HTC is expected to announce some new Mango phones at a September 1 rollout the company is holding in various European venues.

Update (August 23): At TechEd in Auckland, Microsoft and partners Asus and Acer showed off two new Mango phones, reports Windows Phone NZ's Paul Spain. The Asus phone seems to be an engineering prototype which could possibly have a front-facing camera; the Acer model is the M310.

Update No. 2 (August 23): The Zune 4.8 client software, which supports Mango phones, is available for download, as well.

What comes after Mango? Tango!

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • Got to hand it to MS, they took less than a year to get their OS

    from total reset to better than ios and android. The first build was more stable and secure, the second all the rest of the features... Nicely done
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

      @Johnny Vegas

      Judging by this review it looks pretty limited to me

      http://stevelitchfield.com/sshow/ss125.html
      guzz46
      • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

        @guzz46 - Great. Do you really want to start a war of random YouTube commenters? Alternatively, why not consider a comprehensive and very thorough reviews of the new OS?
        http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20072492-85/windows-phone-mango-hands-on-review/
        http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/27/windows-phone-7-5-mango-in-depth-preview-video/#wrapup
        http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/hands-on-with-windows-phone-75-mango-technical-preview/6107?tag=mantle_skin;content
        http://thisismynext.com/2011/06/21/windows-phone-mango-75-preview/
        http://www.winrumors.com/windows-phone-mango-secret-features-demo-video/
        http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2015379026_hands-on_windows_phone_75_mang.html
        http://allthingsd.com/20110620/what-ios-5-and-mango-tell-us-about-the-future-of-the-iphone-and-windows-phone/?mod=tweet
        bitcrazed
      • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

        @guzz46

        Bring forth a legitimate review! Everything i've read on Mango said it's stellar!
        Rob.sharp
      • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

        @guzz46

        Judging by that review he seems pretty limited.

        Also note he was talking about pre-Mango in the review whereas Johnny was talking about up to the second (Mango 7.5) which has all the features :) Pay attention before looking foolish unless that is your goal. ;)
        audidiablo
      • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

        @audidiablo

        I don't see whats special about Mango 7.5 to make me or other consumers choose it over the competition, unless the consumer wants to be locked in to the whole Microsoft world.
        guzz46
  • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

    I am excited for the Mango update.
    I hope Tango would focus more in the Enterprise side.
    Then after Tango, should focus on WP7 + Kinect connection.
    Microsoft FTW!!!
    iluvmsft
  • Fujitsu IS12T will launch in just two days

    It seems to be confirmed: The first Mango phone will launch in Japan on the August 25th.

    http://www.wpcentral.com/it-s-official-kddi-launching-fujitsu-is12t-starting-august-25th
    Oslik
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    Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
    • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

      We get it. You don't like it, or Microsoft. That's your shtick. Newsflash for you... no one came here looking for Linux. Are those articles too boring for you too?
      TechNickle
      • So you decided to change your alias? Isn't that nice!

        @FuzzyBunnySlippers
        nt
        Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
    • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

      Choice. Brought to you by Microsoft.
      Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

        @facebook@...

        Agreed...with WP you get a choice of carriers, phones and the right to praise the best smartphone OS to date!
        Rob.sharp
    • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

      Please make sense.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

      ROFLMAO @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

      You're weak.
      audidiablo
  • Great day to be alive....

    My rep could barely contain himself. He rented an F-350 and drove it right through our parking garage robotic arm. He then came upstairs and watched as I installed an awesome app from the Mango Marketplace. I immediately called a top level meeting and DEMANDED all employees prepare to purchase a Mango phone on the spot. My rep came supplied with them and we made people write checks on the spot and purchase one.
    Mike Cox
    • @Mike Cox

      :: gas face ::
      scH4MMER
      • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

        @scH4MMER

        Best 3rd Bass reference ever :-)
        omdguy
  • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

    Its going to be fun watching those who said WP7 wouldn't go anywhere eat their words. The analysts are predicting that WP7 will be #2 in a few years and every time there is a a WP7 press release I can see it headed in that direction. The only drawback to WP7 Mango is that Verizon won't get it for another year.
    LoverockDavidson_-24231404894599612871915491754222
    • RE: Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates

      @LoverockDavidson_ The naysayers around here have been beating their drums a bit less loudly these days.
      ParrotHead_FL