Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

Summary: Microsoft has made available to developers a beta build of its "Mango" Windows Phone operating system, as of June 29.

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Microsoft has made available to developers a beta of its "Mango" build of its Windows Phone operating system, as of June 29.

Word of Microsoft's plans to make Mango available to all Windows phone developers began percolating last week. Microsoft is making Mango available to registered developers for their existing retail devices

Microsoft also is making a new beta of the Windows Phone Developer tools available as of today, as well. Now known as the Windows Phone SDK (software development kit), the tools are in beta 2 (according to the download page) and can be used to develop applications for both the currently shipping "NoDo" Windows Phone operating system build, as well as for the Mango update.

Microsoft is making the Mango beta available via its create.msdn.com hub. Developers with a validated App Hub account are being allowed to flash the beta onto their retail phones. Developers are allowed to flash Mango onto only one phone per developer.Developers need to download the Beta 2 of the SDK before obtaining the operating system update.

Mango  includes many new features, including an HTML5 IE 9 browser, deep Twitter integration, third-party application multitasking, new Bing search functionality and more.

Microsoft has said Mango will be installed on new phones as of this fall. There's no word as to when those who already have  Windows Phone handsets will be getting the Mango update, as carriers need to "test" and approve the operating system build before Microsoft pushes it to handsets.

In other Windows Phone news this week, Angry Birds is finally available on Windows Phone, as are a few other big-name apps, including AmazonFresh, Epicurious, Dictionary.com and Kik messaging.

Topics: Windows, Apps, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Software

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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: Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

    I hope to support Persian language And VPN in MAnGo !... I hope !
    MohammadMicrosoft
  • RE: Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

    I'd avoid the Kik Messenger.... It does not encrypt your login detail or messages.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

      @Cylon Centurion
      Hey Cylon, Corry from Kik here.

      We plan on adding WP7 message encryption to a future release, and currently the password is not sent in clear-text. We also want to reiterate that our Android and iPhone clients feature full SSL encryption (login info + messages).
      CorryAtKik
      • RE: Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

        @CorryAtKik

        Glad to hear you're on top of the issue. Hopefully, that release isn't too far off.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • WOOHOO!

    I got my invite email today.
    pmcgrath@...
    • RE: Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

      @pmcgrath@...

      Yep me too. Just downloaded the beta files. Think I'll put Mango (beta) on my phone now and see how beta it actually is ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • RE: Windows Phone Mango operating system beta available to developers

    This is awesome news! Since I need to keep my HTC HD7 with a stable version for development testing, I'm actually grabbing a Dell Venue Pro for Mango beta 2 and if all goes well it will be my primary device. We needed a dedicated test device anyway to loan out to testers. :-)
    Tiggster79