Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

Summary: Microsoft officials have demonstrated the upcoming "Mango" Windows Phone update a number of times in recent months. But the official VIP Mango preview for press and analysts is May 24 in New York.

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Microsoft officials have demonstrated the upcoming "Mango" Windows Phone update a number of times in recent months. But the official VIP unveiling for press and analysts is May 24 in New York.

Microsoft execs said at the Mix'11 conference in April that Microsoft would be delivering the free Mango developer tools some time in the month of May. I asked a spokesperson if May 24 is the day when the Mango software development kit will hit and was told, "We’ll have more to share on the 24th."

Microsoft used the Mix stage to unveil some of the coming developer features of Mango. At that time, officials noted that they were not yet discussing some of the consumer enhancements for the platform.  Since then, a few tidbits about some of those features have leaked, including the planned availability of beta/private marketplace application access, as well as the rumored inclusion of the Bing Video and Audio search functionality. (As a Microsoft spokesperson noted when I asked today, Bing Vision already is available on iPhone, but Bing Audio is not available on other platforms.)

Mango, which may be called Windows Phone 7.5,  is expected to be released to Microsoft partners in late summer or early fall, and to be available on new Windows Phones in time for a holiday 2011 release. Microsoft also is expected to push the Mango update to existing phone users before the end of this year. Mango is slated to include an HTML5-compliant IE 9 Mobile browser; third-party application multitasking; Twitter integration; and Windows Live Messenger integration, among other features.

Topics: CXO, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, 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 slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

    I'm reddy to go just please send me my invite :)
    gibbyhome
    • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

      @gibbyhome
      I'd like an invite to that as well.
      LoverockDavidson
      • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

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    • Wp7 is a Superflop......................

      @gibbyhome
      Sultansulan
      • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

        @Sultansulan you sir are an idiot!
        Eric12341
      • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

        @Sultansulan
        Yes, but no.
        Forrestall
      • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

        @Sultansulan
        iNaive
        mikroland
      • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

        @Sultansulan Thanx 4 ur stupid comment, Mr iPhoney...
        TryllZ_HuuD
    • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

      @gibbyhome

      Yes please. The IE9 HTML5 browser means I can publish our web software on the phone and Messenger is the last component I need for my business.

      However, last time I looked WLM had video and audio chat which would seem to be a convenient way to bypass the phone providers at least while on WiFi. The lack of a front facing camera suggests the next hardware refresh might include one, but I suppose I can always have video chats in front of a mirror - unless some enterprising person markets a snap on prism ;-)

      In the meantime, WP7 still offers the slickest UI and the most functionality for business and entertainment - get one Mary ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

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      termopane
  • I would like an invite...

    Please...
    dcristof
  • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

    your title with the word "Slate" got me really excited. oh well..
    frankwick
    • slate

      Sorry for the excitement... I didn't even think (SEO) wise about using slate in the headline... An ironic choice on my part... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

    Let me see...developers pay money to go to Mix, are told to come to PDC in the fall for more details. Developer pay money to go to Tech-Ed next week, but future details on WP7 are shared with press on May 24, just days after Tech-Ed!? I love Windows Phone, I love developing for Windows Phone, but I absolutely detest how WP7 information and futures is being communicated. I mean acting as if there is some secret revolutionary features in Mango is one thing, if the entire world didn't already know they are at least a year behind their nearest competitor. Microsoft, please the developers and the rest of the world will follow.
    windowseat
    • Curious timing

      I also am puzzled on why MS is holding a separate event for this the week after TechEd. My guess is they consider TechEd a developer and ITpro focused show... and the stuff they plan to show on the 24th will be largely consumer-focused. We'll find out soon... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

        @Mary Jo Foley

        And that's at the heart of Microsoft's mobile struggles. It's a phone, everything is consumer-focused. But most consumers aren't early adapter or know enough to decide which phone to purchase. Those decisions are really made by people they know, what coworkers are using, and/or cool media ads that convince them that its a must-have. It's not SharePoint versus Xbox. Developers are WP7 biggest customer right now.

        My prediction for the May 24th event: all about pushing Bing and Azure via WP7.
        windowseat
  • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

    @maryjo

    Mary Jo, check your EULA you can't use the words "Slates" and "Mango" together. :)
    windowseat
    • LOL

      You're right. I'm sure I'm in the penalty box (again)! MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

    Still no mention of Outlook syncing...
    wolters@...
    • RE: Microsoft slates 'Mango' VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York

      @wolters@...
      Sign up for an exchange server.
      mikroland