We had last reported a few days back that Windows Phone 7.5 Mango would be coming out within a fortnight but looks like Microsoft was very quick in finishing the job and has already started rolling out its latest update of Windows Phone.
The good news is that that the update has gone smooth unlike the previous Windows Phone update NoDo, which was fragmented and full of problems. This time Microsoft has opted for an integrated update where all the carriers barring a few have started delivering Mango to their subscribers globally. This decision will serve to reduce user confusion a lot.
Posted on Microsoft 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.”
However, on the down side not everyone will be able to install it immediately on their handsets. Initially only 10% of the users will be able to grab the update on their handsets. The entire process could take a few weeks before everyone gets an update installed on their handsets. Reason being that the update has to come to a variety of handsets so it has to be ensured that that the proper firmware is made available for smooth integration.
“We’re not just delivering our new operating system but also new software supplied by individual handset makers. This “firmware” is necessary so your phone—and apps—work with all the features of Windows Phone 7.5. But it essentially means that we’re supplying not just one update, but many different ones, given the variety of Windows Phones and carriers out there to choose from.”
Highlights of Window Phone Mango are:
- Dynamic Live Tiles for third party developers
- Contacts can be grouped and pinned to homescreen
- Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat
- Threaded messages and e-mail
- A suite of Bing stuff (Song ID, QR code reader, Album/CD cover identifier, etc.)
- Facebook Places support has been integrated
- Internet Explorer 9
- Front facing camera support
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