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Windows Phone Mango Enters Released to Manufacturing (RTM) Phase

Software giant Microsoft has finally announced the final gold build of Windows Phone Mango. The released to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone Mango means that the process of development is now over and will now undergo carrier testing. According to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, “this marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations.” According to Matthijs Hoekstra, a Windows Phone developer evangelist working at Microsoft, the final build of Mango is 7720.

Windows Phone Mango
This marks yet another milestone for Microsoft on their venture into the mobile industry. Windows Phone 7 codenamed Mango is considered to be a major upgrade of the Windows Phone 7 product line. It was first unveiled by Microsoft back in May in New York as they previewed the many different features of the Windows Phone upgrade.

Now that is has now reach the RTM build, everything is now on the hands of handset makers and carriers:

Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” – the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system. This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.

Mango is a very important software update for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. This is because the update was made while taking into account the feedbacks of Windows Phone users with the first version. So this software upgrade feature tons of new features and fixes that addresses the complaints of Windows Phone users. Microsoft claimed that the Mango comes with more than 500 new features.

Here are some of the new features that you can expect with Windows Phone 7 Mango:

  • LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter integration.
  • Multitasking
  • Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat integration.
  • Threads: all messaging communication organized in a single thread (Messenger, SMS, MMS).
  • Built-in voice-to-text/text-to-voice functionality, which will allow for hands-free texting or chatting.
  • Newly revamped Search / Bing features.
  • Microsoft Lync support via downloadable app.
  • Skydrive and Office 365 documents sync (PDF also supported).
  • Loads of new multimedia features including the Zune SmartDJ Mix support.
  • Revamped Marketplace UI and search.
  • Several new improvements and features for Internet Explorer 9 Mobile such as hardware-accelerated rendering, better HTML5 support and a new Javascript engine.
  • Revamped Marketplace UI.

Windows Phone 7 Mango
And whole slew of new features are expected to be unveiled soon. With the announcement of the RTM build of Windows Phone Mango, things are already looking up with the software giant. In addition to that, we already know that Microsoft and Nokia has made a partnership so it would be interesting to see if it will benefit both companies in the long run. With Mango, this could finally be the catalyst that will catapult Microsoft's competitive edge in the smartphone market.

Windows Phone Mango is expected to be released this coming fall along with the first WP7 smartphones that will be powered by the new software upgrade.

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