Windows Phone 7.1 Mango won't be out until this fall, but Microsoft has officially announced its new platform and Windows Phone Developer Tools that support the new OS. In addition, Microsoft has added Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE as smartphone partners. Windows Phone 7.1 will be available for all current Windows Phones.
Mango is designed with three major principles: a Web experience that goes beyond the browser, a smarter approach to apps, and communication features that make it easier to connect and share with the people that matter most to users. The updated OS will have more than 500 features; we’ve highlighted 10 of the most notable ones with this slideshow.
Click through for 10 notable features from the upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 7.1 Mango release.
Internet Explorer 9 is baked into Mango. Support for HTML5, hardware acceleration and other speed improvements make it blazingly fast.
This location-based service makes it easy for users to search what is nearby based on the phone’s location.
Similar to Google Goggles, Bing Vision offers users camera-based searching to learn more about product information.
Similar to webOS, Mango uses a card interface to switch between apps. Apps can run in the background without interruption. Mango also uses tabbed browsing to optimize user experience.
Mango allows users to control the types of information that third-party apps display through the tiles.
App Connect ties applications to Bing search tools to make for a more relevant user experience.
Mango will let users link multiple email accounts to one inbox.
Groups leverages Live Tiles to stay in touch with your contacts via email, messages, photos and status updates.
Threads seamlessly combines SMS, Facebook Chat and Windows Live Messenger.
Users can communicate hands-free with built-in text-to-speech or speech-to-text. Mango also features deeper social network integration that gives users access to LinkedIn and Twitter on their Windows Phone home screen.