Windows Phone Mango 7.5 may be released on September 15th according to a growing number of rumours, including a rather convincing podcast released yesterday.
We learned in late July that the operating system was being shipped to manufacturers. This is the point when the software is installed and customised on the various phones that will run the OS. This is also the time when manufacturers brand the OS to cater to different carriers.
Also, back in July, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Twitter account announced that all finalists of its competition would receive a phone running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango – by September.
Then WPCentral announced that a well known commercial software company had tipped them that the release date had been pushed back from 1st Setember to 15th September. At the time it wasn’t even public knowledge that there was a release date of 1st September.
Perhaps the strongest indication, however, is from yesterday’s Windows Phone Developer Podcast . At the 34th minute of their podcast Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk are quoted as saying “Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone. We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping, and the final tools will be dropping for developers. So that would be interesting and something to look forward to." (courtesy of Liveside.com )
Whenever the release date turns out to be, it will be widely and gladly received by a growing number existing and potential of Windows Phone users. The update will bring 500 new features, fixes and improvements including multitasking, a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9, deeper instant messaging and social networking integration, live tiles for third party apps, turn-by-turn navigation and much more.
The good news is that all existing Windows Phone 7 users will receive the update for free, although the release date of the update may not exactly match that of the main release. Furthermore, there are quite a number of new devices poised to push the operating system further into competition with Apple and Android. These include the HTC Titan, HTC Radar and devices from Samsung, Acer, Fujitsu and Chinese maker ZTE.
Windows Phone now carries 20,000 applications in its marketplace which puts them ahead of Blackberry’s Appworld which has been around for 2 years. In addition, Microsoft has injected millions of dollars into creating a sales force to push the OS to hardware manufacturers and networks.