Microsoft say they are ‘ahead’ of schedule!
We live in strange times.
Peter Wissinger, Microsoft’s director of Mobile Business in the Nordic countries, released an official update on Friday regarding the status of Mango, the massive update for Windows Phone 7. According to Wissinger, the update was actually completed earlier than planned, and is now up to the phone manufacturers to distribute accordingly.
“Now it’s up to our manufacturing partners to release Mango to our customers. Microsoft has delivered complete Mango earlier than planned to the manufacturers. Feels good now,” read the release.
The Mango update is a major one, and is set to bring around 500 new features. More promising ones include more customizable tiles, contact groups, IE9 and better multi-tasking operations.
The official Windows Phone blog says they actually signed off the release build on 26th of July. They give the update date for current phones to be in Fall this year.
Microsoft’s list of hardware partners includes HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE. There has been no significant news on when a native WP7 Mango phone will be released into the wild, except one from Fujitsu expected in September.