Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

Summary: Microsoft officials outlined some of the developer-focused features coming with the Windows Phone 'Next' operating system update, known by the codename "Mango," during Day 2 of the Mix '11 conference in Las Vegas.

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Microsoft officials outlined some of the developer-focused features coming with the Windows Phone 'Next' operating system update, known by the codename "Mango," during Day 2 of the Mix '11 conference in Las Vegas.

Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management, emphasized during his remarks that Mango is still on track for delivery to consumers with already shipping Windows Phones and new Windows Phone phones this fall.

Belfiore spent the first several minutes of his Mix '11 keynote apologizing, yet again, for Microsoft's problems in getting the first Windows Phone 7 updates -- both the February and the March "NoDo" cut-and-paste ones -- out to customers. He said manufacturing problems with certain handsets required additional testing, and that Microsoft now has improved the updating process. Nonetheless, the Softies said on April 13 that AT&T is still testing the first two WP7 updates and there was no new update as to when WP7 AT&T users might start getting NoDo.

Back to Mango. Belfiore reiterated that Mango will include application multitasking for background processing and audio (for native apps, as well as HTML5 apps), file transfer and fast-application switching. Mango will include a mobile version of IE 9 that will be based on the same code base as IE9 for Windows PCs, he reconfirmed. And there will be deeper phone integration so developers can take better advantage of the Live Tiles, Metro user-interface controls and custom ringtones, he said. There will be access to a SQL database for the phone, as well, he said.

He also noted that developers will get access to the camera and motion-sensor library on Mango phones, which will allow the creation of apps that take advantage of phone hardware and "build augmented reality experiences." Simultaneous with today's keynote, Microsoft said Skype, Spotify and Layar (an augmented reality app) are all available for WP7., Microsoft officials said. And Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 will (finally) be available on May 25, officials said.

Free Windows Phone Developer Tools for Mango will be coming in May. Mango phones will be available in 17 more countries than the first Windows Phone 7 devices will, Belfiore said.

Mango will deliver performance optimizations in four key areas of interest to app developers: scrolling and input, image decode, garbage collections and memory usage, officials said.

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

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  • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

    Coulda...shoulda....woulda.....all talk-hot-air.....no products or action.
    james347
    • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

      @james347 WP7 is a version 1.0 product and it still kicks Android to the curb!!
      jatbains
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @jatbains
        <i>WP7 is a version 1.0 product and it still kicks Android to the curb!!</i>

        Just a little bit wrong there. WP7SOS is a versions 2 product, or did you forget about its original name the Kin?
        Rick_K
      • Really?

        @jatbains That remains to be seen - and WHERE are the activation/ sales figures for WP7? Until MS and the carriers can come off of that info the true success of WP7 is merely speculation. I personally have not seen any in the wild - I see more Android and iOS smartphones than WP7 smartphones.
        athynz
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @athynz<br>Be very careful, lest you be labeled an iTard, or a A55droid. Activations are not important, the only number that counts is how many license stickers Microsoft issues. It does not matter if there are only 500,000 units in the hands of customers, compared to hundreds of millions (for the competitors). Didnt you get the memo? Windows Phone 7 Series OS Phones are Da bomb. That Zune/Kin interface is so revolutionary, that only the truly smart people will like it. Everyone that does not like it is either a brainwashed iFool, or Googletard.
        Rick_K
      • Always surprised how fanboys can't understand primitive numbers

        @jatbains I was wondering how come fanboys can't understand the #7 and claim to that something is v1.0.

        You have to be a complete idiot to think that the SEVENTH generation of an OS is v1.0. I guess if you are gullible enough and easy to con, a change in name is enough to claim a new product.
        wackoae
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @Rick_K

        <i>Just a little bit wrong there. WP7SOS is a versions 2 product, or did you forget about its original name the Kin? </i>

        Considering the Kin and WP7 were different code written by different teams (though they have now merged the KIN team into the WP7 team) your statement seems rather inaccurate and superfluous.

        But that looks fun. How about iOS is just version two of Newton! or Android is just version 2 of SCO UNIX!
        SlithyTove
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @wackoae

        <i>You have to be a complete idiot to think that the SEVENTH generation of an OS is v1.0. I guess if you are gullible enough and easy to con, a change in name is enough to claim a new product. </i>

        I suggest you learn the difference between corporate branding and software versions. You will sound less silly that way.

        I would further suggest that your lack of fact checking would, in fact, make you a pretty juicy target for the con-men that you describe.
        SlithyTove
    • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

      @james347
      Exactly!...just hot air from the king of FUD.
      Linux Geek
  • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

    So at this rate, since I'm with AT&T and have the Focus, I'll get the Mango update by the time my contract is up. If that is the case then I will just go with the Iphone, at least they are in control of when there phones get updates.
    Aeon Locke
    • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

      @Aeon Locke

      I've heard that AT&T should start rolling out in the next 2 weeks.
      Skippy99
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @Skippy99 You mean NoDo, not Mango, in the next 2 weeks. That would be welcome news, but I am not sure I believe it (AT&T doesn't inspire confidence in me).
        rmark@...
  • They are really showing how much better they are at this than apple/google

    Amazing how fast they've erased their head starts and leapfrogged past them in so many additional areas. I cant wait to see the new user focused additions the fall release will have. Hopefully theyll show those next sept at the pdc
    Johnny Vegas
    • @Johnny Vegas

      I have a cheap $200 off-contract android phone and I don't see one thing WP7 does better. I especially don't get how people think having a 2 by 5 grid of icons (oh right it's square so I have to call it tiles) is any better or innovative of an interface than android's 4 by 5. Besides with different launchers in android, you could even change the grid size.
      anono
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @anono
        If you think WP7 is only about the laucher and the tiles, you should then stay with your Android phone.
        TheCyberKnight
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @anono
        You know why you are not seeing what WP7 does better? It is because you have only seen the startup screen and have not even tried that phone. Is mobile OS goodness now measured by the number of icons you can cram on the screen?
        paul2011
      • @paul2011

        I haven't tried the phone as I have no plans to upgrade either ways. Still, WP7 certainly doesn't beat android on features and on most forums, most WP7 fans are bragging about the UI and not all these other things that WP7 apparently has.

        While goodness may not be measured by how many icons can be on the screen, I still can't imagine having to get by on one home screen with about only 10 icons (or may be up to 20 if you scroll). There are just too many apps that I need on a daily basis that I need quick access to. Not to mention there aren't anything like widgets either. Having said all that, I would probably go with WP7 over the iPhone (if the hardware is comparable, which it is not as of yet) because the iPhone is even less customizable. It just seems to me that MS tried too hard to be Apple (by that I mean "closed")
        anono
      • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

        @anono

        Exactly. Tell me how WP7 is better than iOS or Android. Please. Especially since the UI (A FUGLY MESS) apparetly doesn't count.
        itguy08
  • RE: Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this fall

    Umm, maybe you could ship nodo first?
    careybutler
    • Microsoft outlines more developer features coming with 'Mango' update this

      @careybutler They have already shipped it. Ask your carrier to ship it to you !
      1773