Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

Summary: What's on tap for Microsoft at the upcoming Mobile World Congress? Word is we may hear more (officially) about Mango, the first "major" update to Windows Phone 7.

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The Mobile World Congress show kicks off the week of February 14 and CEO Steve Ballmer will be keynoting that day. Since Microsoft won't have the "NoDo" update bits ready yet, what will the Softies have to crow about at the confab?

From what I hear, we may get to hear a bit more (officially) about "Mango" the first "major" update of the Windows Phone 7 platform.

I first mentioned Mango a while back, noting that Microsoft was aiming to deliver that release in August/September 2011. From what I'm hearing from my contacts, getting the code to handset makers and carriers in time to get the Mango release to market for holiday 2011 is still the goal.

I also noted previously that the goal with Mango was to deliver HTML5 support for Windows Phone 7. The vehicle for this, according to my tipsters, is IE Mobile 9.

Yes, Microsoft is going to play a very fast game of catch up on the browser front with Windows Phone 7. Currently, WP7 phones are running a version of IE Mobile, known as IE Mobile 7, which that is a variant of IE 7 with some IE 8 functionality added. But Windows Phone 7s running Mango will be running a mobile version of IE 9, Microsoft's latest, HTML5-compliant IE browser that the company is expected to release to the Web this spring.

(I am also hearing that Mango may not end up adding support for Silverlight in the browser, after all, in spite of earlier talk to the contrary. I guess that's to be expected, now that Microsoft is downplaying Silverlight as a cross-platform runtime. Silverlight will remain one of the primary development tools for WP7, however.)

There are other new features that may or may not be part of Mango that are coming for WP7. (Some folks are hearing there will be no updates between NoDo, the first WP7 update, and Mango. NoDo is now due in early March, according to my contacts. But others, like Windows Phone Secrets author Paul Thurrott, have heard there will be interim updates between NoDo and Mango.)

Multitasking support for third-party apps, integration of Twitter directly into the People Hub on the phones are supposedly coming, too, though my contacts seemed vague on exactly when. (With Mango? Some time before Mango? Post-Mango?)

Microsoft also may be talking about new/updated hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 phones at MWC, MobileTechWorld.com is reporting.

Just in case anyone in Redmond was feeling generous, I asked Microsoft for comment on what my sources told me about its Mango plans and timetable. I was told by a spokesperson: "We have no comment on the rumors."

Guess we'll find out on Monday if the "rumormongers" are right....

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

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  • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

    MS needs to strike a balance between updating too frequently to updating too sluggishly. My recommendation is that they provide updates every 2-3 months until things are "fixed." Even small updates that fix one or two things are good because it lets the user know they are actively working on the problems. The fact that the first update is 5 months since the phone's release makes it appear that MS is not serious about the phone. And so why should customers seriously consider the phone?

    Their first update should have been 2 months ago and it should have solely focused on saving the camera settings. Seems like VERY easy thing to do. This March update should be all about providing CDMA support, enhanced app loading times, and copy/paste. Their next update should be in May and then another one in late July fixing whatever smaller bugs exist or missing features (like allowing the user to initiate a wireless sync). After that, IE9 can come in Sept.
    erasure25
    • Too little, and too late for Windows Phone 7

      The features that Microsoft is crowing about for future Windows Phone 7 updates, is just basic functionality that every other mobile OS already has...


      Copy-and-Paste
      HTML5 in the browser

      Every other mobile OS has a Webkit browser with HTML5. They all had this years ago. And Copy-and-Paste, well, the Apple Lisa had that in 1983
      Vbitrate
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

        @zndac LOL yeah right iphone dont even have html5 also aplle lisa in 1983 hahaha windows mobile was frist dufest.
        apple iphone took them 1 year to get copy and paste and video recording feature which i also find that a Big joke. So stop complaing has at least microsoft will add it soon and not like we have to wait 1 yr like what they did to iphone.
        ipadsucks
      • Funny story

        Apple made the Lisa that had copy and Paste... then it took them until iOS version 3 to get it for the iPhone. As for HTML5, I don't actually see any point in rushing to HTML5. Why should they? We don't even know what HTML5 will eventually be.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

        @zndac

        Dude, for real, iphone sucks compared to wp7. My Focus is waaay faster than an iphone4, the games are way cooler, and the interface is awesome. And at least I can tether for FREE !!!!
        mikroland
  • Windows Phone 7 no longer a priority at Microsoft

    Microsoft is struggling to get one update out the door per year. Maybe they can just manage 2 updates, but probably not.

    Microsoft is too busy trying to get its desktop Windows 8 running on tablets and phones, which means Windows Phone 7 is just another stop gap.

    The next Windows Phone 7 update only brings Copy-and-Paste, of which it was a joke that C&P was not included from the beginning. Windows Phone 7 users are now frustrated by Microsoft's snail pace of updates.
    Vbitrate
    • NoDo only brings copy and Paste?

      And here I was under the impression that it's bringing Windows Marketplace improvements, search improvements, CDMA support, various stability and performance improvements, and so forth.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

      @zndac Wrong again microsoft is still looking into windows phone 7 has they will lauch soon windows phone 8 so yes has not forgotten. You dont know what your talking about moron
      ipadsucks
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

      @zndac
      Can you enlighten us to how you know this? Plus you obviously have never worked in a software development environment. Functionality frequently is left out as part of the prioritization moving toward a product release. The fact that C&P was left out has no other meaning other than there were OTHER items with higher priority as part of the initial release...nothing more. Plus Microsoft has ALREADY stated publicly that the upcoming UPDATE will have C&P, PLUS other optimizations and improvements not specifically detailed as of yet. Was it a joke that iOS was release without C&P? Most likely for the same reasons...it didn't make the prioritization cut. (giving Apple the benefit of the doubt vs being clueless)
      smfrazz
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

        @smfrazz And don't forget that every Apple fanboy out there said at the time that copy and paste was no big deal - finally after multiple iPhone revs they included it - NOW it's a "must have"

        No biggy - it's part of the upcoming update - and WP7 already multitasks at least as well as the new iOS - the Mango update will extend the MT capabilities
        archangel999
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

      @zndac I know that these timeframes can be frustraiting and can seem like an eternity, but rest assured we are absolutly committed to windows phone 7, we are absolutly commited to addressing customer issues, wants and needs.

      Keep up the feedback...we do read these comments and take note.
      timscud
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

      @zndac
      Considering by the time the first update is due out the OS will have been on the market for only 6 months at the max, this statement is incorrect. If the next update does indeed come out as mentioned in this article then the OS will have had at the minimum, 2, updates in it's first year. How does that compare with iOS? (4.1 doesn't figure because that was only to try and correct problems stemming from iOS4).
      TKR1
  • Love my Windows phone 7

    @zndac dont you remember apple iphone took them 1 year to get copy and paste and video recording feature which i also find that a Big joke. So stop complaing has at least microsoft will add it soon and not like we have to wait 1 yr like what they did to iphone. I love my windows phone 7 it works great in my business and personal use. Iphone is a joke it just all hype in real life it just a personal phone. Also at least my windows phone 7 woke me up using the alarm clock LOL.... Cant wait to see new mobile IE 9 browser for windows phone 7
    ipadsucks
    • WP7 needs to be compared to today's phones, not iPhone of 2007

      @ipadsucks The iPhone 1.0 was released in January 2007, four years ago. It had no apps back then.

      But now is 2011. Windows Phone 7 needs to be competitive with 2011 iPhone and Android, not compared to the 2007 model.
      Vbitrate
      • It is competitive to them today

        It has a quick browser.
        It has a good and snappy UI.
        It has a decent number of apps, and useful ones.
        It has the ability to make calls.
        It has the ability to check email.

        How is it not competitive?
        Michael Alan Goff
    • MS doesn't have a year

      @ipadsucks
      people buying phones now do not care how WinMoPho7 compares to iPhone at the same time in iPhone's life. They care about what they get for their money now. MS needs to be popping out updates ASAP! Waiting a year at a time will kill this platform as quickly as it is launched. MS needs to wake up!
      cc3d
  • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

    WP 7 is a great phone and nobody is frustrated about it!!! except Apple fanboys...
    nilsoft
  • Scary stuff indeed

    Am I the only one who took note of the "...getting the code to handset makers and carriers in time to get the Mango release to market..." Why would this be the case? I thought that all WP7 updates will be pushed from Microsoft straight to the device with no carrier intervention? If Carriers and OEM get involved in updates then WP7 is doomed to suffer the fate of its fragmented predecessor and Android.

    Sorry Microsoft, but once again you appear to have failed at execution. Goodbye!
    General C#
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

      @General C# This is how all updates are done REGARDLESS of how the update is eventually delivered...it's part of the release process that we have do to with our operators.<br><br>We do this because we don't want to deliver broken updates to our customers. We really do love our customers...except you General, we don't really like you that much. (no smiley face...ah, OK General, you get a smiley face too =])
      timscud
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9

      @General C#

      that should be the case as shown here: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/20/leaked-slides-show-windows-phone-7s-update-strategy-windows-li/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/20/leaked-slides-show-windows-phone-7s-update-strategy-windows-li/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/20/leaked-slides-show-windows-phone-7s-update-strategy-windows-li/</a></a>. I hope it still is.
      jBundy.com-23888787227187618789222526229331