Mango Update - New Features revealed


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in case anyone has missed it. Lots of new features.

Reviews for the pre release version of Mango given to bloggers etc.

New Mango features revealed! | Windows Phone Secrets

Windows Live Messenger, Bing Image Search also on Windows Phone 7.5 | wpcentral | Windows Phone News, Forums, and Reviews

New Info added

Windows Live Messenger, Facebook chat and AOL Instant Messenger all integrated under Messaging--and remember, we heard this is rumored to be a dual data/SMS system, making it really reliable even when your connection is not. Your presence as well as your friends are displayed in the People Hub dynamically.
Office 365 and Skydrive built into Office hub--'nuff said
Group Messaging: currently there are some nice 3rd party apps that do this, but the ability to have pre-defined groups to message to will be now native, allowing to create quick groups for Family, Work, Friends, etc. This will work for Email and SMS.
Artist art on Lockscreen: This is very cool, especially those with Zune HD players. What this does is pull down the Zune/Artist artwork of your current selection and plays it in a marquee/banner fashion on the screen. It currently does this on your Zune desktop/Xbox (play some music and wiat a few mins, you'll see). Evidently, in WP7.5, you can do this on your phone, making the Zune HD/Windows Phone distinction even less. This was always an awesome thing on the Zune HD, so we're glad it's being brought over.
Xbox gets a facelift, including 'sync' option (potentially for online-game play). We first reported this back at MIX11, so now it's confirmed.
Native Checkins are coming e.g. Facebook Places. More info here.
Visual Voicemail will use Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP)
Battery saving features/options (under Settings)
WiFi Hotspot support, uses Network Communication and Information Systems (NCIS) technology
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That turn by turn navigation looks interesting, I wonder if it will actually cover the UK.

Yes and the voice to text etc. I guess changing the local might allow this (like with voice search currently)

I hope with the purchase of Skype that it will be integrated right into the people hub also (maybe for a later date though!)


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Skype will certainly make it's way to Windows Phone (get used to saying it without the 7...), but not yet. I do think this is a big part of the acquisition though and the timing of the 2.3.4 Android release, which delivers video chat via GTalk, is no accident.

I would also expect this next update to Windows Phone to deliver more than is announced or discussed today. Overall, this will be a very important milestone in the OS' development for more than headline features.


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