Finally, on July 26, Microsoft made it official, the "Mango" Windows 7 Phone mobile operating system has RTM'd (released to manfucturing).
From the Windows Phone blog post:
"Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of "Mango" - the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system."
"This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process."
The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones," stated Terry Myerson.
Mango, aka Windows Phone OS 7.5, includes a number of new features, including an HTML5 version of Internet Explorer 9 for mobiles; deep Twitter integration; support for private and beta apps; new Bing features; and more. MobileTechWorld has a nice list of the promised Mango features.
Here're some favorites "Mango" features:
- Our unique new email Conversation View which helps me to efficiently participate in long email discussions with my friends and co-workers.
- Threads that bring together my text, IM, and Facebook chat all into one conversation.
- App Multitasking, enabling me to efficiently work on my email, listen to music, and then pop in and out of Words By Post games when it is my turn. Mango also connects apps to search results and deepens integration within the Hubs like Music and Video and Pictures.
- Internet Explorer 9 for fast web browsing and support for new HTML 5 web sites.
[Source:Windows Phone blog]