More Windows Phone Mango news; Facebook Chat, WiFi hotspot, Office 365

Microsoft will be showing more details and features of the next Windows Phone update on 24 May, but leaks of some of these continue to appear online.

There will be a Windows Phone event in New York on 24 May, but up until that date it seems we are going to hear more and more leaks about what is coming with Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) later this year. The latest info from the Windows Phone Dev Podcast shows Windows Live Messenger, Facebook Chat, and AOL IM coming to Messaging, Office 365 support, group messaging, artist on lock screen, WiFi hotspot support, visual voicemail, and more.

I am alread a major Windows Phone 7 fan and this latest news just increases my desire to stick with this new mobile operating system. I find Windows Phone 7 to be rock solid stable, fluid and fun, and something developers seem to be embracing with an ever increasing Marketplace. It may not yet have everything that Android and iOS have, but it is fresh and interesting. These improvements, combined with others mentioned previously, show that Microsoft is serious about making Windows Phone a fabulous mobile platform. Combine all of these great functions, stability, and the fluid user interface with Nokia hardware and amazing camera technology and this Christmas may turn out to be very exciting for Windows Phone and Nokia.

Check out for all the latest features coming in Windows Phone 7.5. As much as we are seeing, Microsoft may have to end up calling this Windows Phone 8.