Microsoft shows off next Windows Phone release

Justin Cauchon May 24, 2011 2

We have heard a lot of rumors about the next Windows Phone update, code-named Mango. Today Microsoft made it official during a press conference where it showed off its next release. Mango brings more than 500 new features that will “push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps, and the Internet.”  The update is still pretty far our with it being available this fall. Check out the most important features below.

Communications

Threads – Switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.

Groups – Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Star Screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group

Deeper social network integration – Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards and the Mango update includes bult-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Web.

Linked inbox – See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.

Hands-free messaging – Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

Apps

App Connect –By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, including Music and Video and Pictures, “Mango” allows apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.

Improved Live Tiles – Get real-time information from apps without having to open them. Live Tiles can be more dynamic and hold more information.

Multitasking – Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background, helping to preserve battery life and performance.

The Internet

Internet Explorer 9 – A browser based on the powerful Internet Explorer 9 and including support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration.

Local Scout – Provides hyperlocal search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy-to-use guide.

Bing on Windows Phone – More ways to search the Web, including Bing Vision, Music Search and Voice so it’s easy to discover and decide.

Quick Cards – When searching for a product, movie, event or place, see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.


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