"Mango" Windows 7 Phone ROM Spills More Feature Details

The Windows 7 Phone leaked ROM dump simple contains files and folders from the Mango beta, however it cannot be loaded onto an actual devices. However, that didn't stop WPSauce from drilling down to the interesting bits from the UI string files, and in fact they did discover several interesting bits that has yet to […]

The Windows 7 Phone leaked ROM dump simple contains files and folders from the Mango beta, however it cannot be loaded onto an actual devices. However, that didn't stop WPSauce from drilling down to the interesting bits from the UI string files, and in fact they did discover several interesting bits that has yet to be revealed by Microsoft.

Here's the summary of the revealings:

  • Xbox LIVE - Discovered UI references indicating that you'll be able to share your Xbox LIVE profile to Facebook from WP. There were also references to multiplayer gaming, as well as the ability for users to listen to and read their phone's messages on their Xbox 360. What's more, apparently Xbox LIVE Party and Voice Chat is also supported on "Mango" too. Perhaps these might be Xbox LIVE Gold-only features?
  • AppChecker - During the WP VIP Event, Derek Snyder, mentioned that WP will be able to automatically determine and find apps from the marketplace to open specific file types (such as those stored on SkyDrive). AppChecker is exactly that -- it's a module which tells you which app is required to open certain types of files. An example string found is "To join the meeting, you need Microsoft Lync Mobile. Install it now from Marketplace?"
  • Deeper Facebook Integration - Found UI references indicating that the People Hub will now also allow you to "Like" a social update, and view the number of "Likes" (in addition to the number of comments) for a social update. We've seen that Facebook "Likes" had been added to the Messenger Social feeds on Windows Live Profile and Windows Live Home as part of the recent update, so it makes sense that this is coming to Mango too.
  • Lunar Calendar Support - This'll prove to be useful to many Asian users, who in addition to using the Gregorian calendar that we're all used to, also uses the Lunar calendar system. The Calendar hub will be able to show lunar dates with the Mango update.
  • "Nudge" support in Windows Live Messenger -- Mango will have Live Messenger built-in to its Messaging hub. Apparently, users can also send "nudges" to other Messenger users.
  • Better Connectivity Customisation - Users can now manually set IP addresses, subnet masks, default gateways, DNS and proxy for LAN connections using Windows Phone Mango.
  • Language, Keyboard, and Handwriting Support - This particular build of Mango, supports 22 languages in total, each with its own input method. All supported languages have basically three types of input methods -- full-keyboard, 12 keys, and handwriting. Traditional Chinese has an extra BPMF input support. Three full-keyboard layouts are supported: QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY. The keyboard's touch target sizes can also be customised and resized.

[Via:WPSauce]