So does this mean that Mango is "done" and that the code has been sent from Microsoft to handset makers and its telco partners for testing? The Softies would neither confirm nor deny when I asked.
"Mango App ingestion starting next month is the only news today. Will follow up once the team reaches the next platform milestone. As for update delivery, all I can confirm is that Microsoft is on track to deliver Mango to Windows Phone customers as a free upgrade later this year," a Windows Phone spokesperson said, via e-mail.
The updated App Hub portal adds support for 19 new markets beyond the 16 currently supported. The 19 new markets include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. The App Hub also is allowing apps in seven new markets (Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, South Africa and South Korea) to submit apps for Windows Phone. Microsoft plans to allow developers from China to register starting in early fall and will expand registration support for India at that time.
The App Hub also is adding an expansion in pricing tiers (below $5 U.S.) and an expansion of in-app mobile advertising support for Windows Phone applications.