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Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' goes live!

Mango update headed to a Windows Phone near you!

Windows Phone users, it's time to be happy - You're finally going to get your hands on the Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' update.

Yes, Microsoft is finally pushing out the update that it first previewed back in May!

The update will be pushed to existing Windows Phone handsets over the coming weeks.

Here's how Eric Hautala describes the launch on the Windows Team Blog:

Today we're starting the roll out of Windows Phone 7.5 to more than 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. This is a simultaneous, coordinated, global update that cuts across carriers, phone models, and countries. This time, almost everybody is going first.

Here's a rundown of the Mango goodness that you can look forward to in the update that Microsoft is calling 'people-centric':

  • Third-party app multitasking
  • Speech command
  • Improved Microsoft Office, with Office 365 support
  • Custom ringtones
  • Visual voicemail
  • YouTube integration
  • Updated Bing search engine
  • Improved hubs

More info on new features here.

In the market for a Windows Phone 7.5 handset? You'll have to wait a few weeks for makers to get up to speed. Probably the first to hit the US market will be the Samsung Focus S on the AT&T network.

Want to know where your Windows Phone update is? Check the listing here.