Microsoft confirms Mango will be Windows Phone 75

first_imgA few weeks ago Microsoft previewed what Windows Phone 7 users and developers could expect when they release the next major update to the platform, codenamed “Mango.” Today, Microsoft confirmed that Mango will actually be renamed and re-branded as Windows Phone 7.5. The change indicates that Microsoft is taking a more aggressive approach to its Windows Phone update release schedule, and possibly that users won’t be on Windows Phone 7 for long before there’s a Windows Phone 8 or 9.However, just because Microsoft is openly talking about Mango doesn’t mean that it’s coming soon. Some analysts have said that we likely won’t see the update until 2012 at the earliest, even though Microsoft said at Mix 11 that it would be available at least to developers before the end of the year. It’s also important to note that now that Microsoft and Nokia have inked their partnership, Nokia has said you can expect to see new Windows Phone 7 devices from them around October. That could imply that Nokia’s line of WP7 phones will run Windows Phone 7.5.AdChoices广告Among some of the major features Windows Phone 7.5 will bring include full multitasking, which will allow apps to run, download files, and stream music in the background. The update will also support raw access to the camera and other hardware, which gives developers more flexibility over how users interact with their apps.Microsoft has said the changes in Mango were significant enough to warrant a point increase in the mobile OS’s version, but going all the way to 7.5 is an indication that Microsoft may be changing its approach to how it handles its mobile OS. Going from 7 to 7.5 in one update both raises hopes that Microsoft won’t be stingy when it comes to feature releases. It also implies that the company won’t be afraid to push major ones even if it means new versions of the Windows Phone platform.At the same time, many users have already complained that it’s taken Microsoft a long time to finally push NoDo to users, and saving several desirable features for a major point update instead of releasing smaller updates as those features become available isn’t the way to keep momentum. Either way, we’ll see later this year whether the fall will bring Windows Phone 7.5 along with it.Winrumors via SlashGearlast_img

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