The ‘Mango’ update will bring multitasking, IE9, Twitter integration and marketplace redesign.
A plethora of information regarding Windows Phone 7′s next update has been leaked, much thanks to the team’s newsletter guy.
A newsletter meant exclusively for developers was mistakenly sent out to the community, causing much of the hush-hush new features to be known. Having been in-charge of the website’s newsletter for almost a year now, I just know how embarrassing and demoralizing that is when it happens.
Anyway, the slip has let us known that the upcoming ‘Mango’ update, now official Windows Phone OS 7.5, will bring multitasking support, IE9 and HTML5, deep Twitter integration and a bucket load of improvements for the developers. Microsoft also suggested a OS-wide chat system and better utilization of the hub when it said it would bring “support for real time communication and messaging and a broader connectivity to Skydrive.”
Additionally, the Windows Marketplace will also get a design refresh with “an improved design with panes and more panoramas, a better search experience with autocomplete queries and search results grouped by app, music, or games sections. A new jump list and a soft-search button will make it easier to find installed apps on Windows phones.”
Microsoft also said that it will be extending the Marketplace to 19 additional countries, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. (No UAE - not that the phones are available.)
The Mango is slated to release sometime in May.