It was only a few days ago that Microsoft’s General Manager in Customer Experience Engineering Eric Hautala has posted a blog entry that Windows Phone 7.5 Codenamed Mango will be out in a week or two. But now it looks like it is an early Christmas for Windows Phone 7 users as the software giant has made the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update available for download.
Yes, that's right folks. Microsoft has already started rolling out device updates for existing Windows Phone 7 users under many different carriers across the globe on Tuesday. Mango is a much awaited update to Microsoft's mobile operating system because it does not only improve hardware support but it also brings over 500 new features to the platform. Majority of carriers worldwide and in the U.S. have already finished the testing for Windows Phone 7.5 and have already given the go signal. Current Windows Phone 7 users will receive a notification that the update is already available for their device.
According to Microsoft, it will take a few weeks before the Windows Phone 7.5 update process will be completed and by the end of October, the software giant expects that all Windows Phone 7 users will have already received the update by then. In accordance with this major software release, partners of Microsoft are also planning to release a couple of new devices that will come pre-loaded with Windows Phone 7.5 in the next few weeks. One of the most notable recent partner of Microsoft, Nokia, is also planning to unveil its first Windows Phone 7 powered device during the company's Nokia World 2011 event around mid-October. The following are the devices that are confirmed to be Windows Phone 7.5 powered:
- HTC Radar
- HTC Titan
- Samsung Focus S
- Samsung Focus Flash
- Samsung Omnia W
- Nokia “Sea Ray”
- Acer W4
- ZTE Tania
Windows Phone 7.5 Codenamed Mango is no slouch when it comes to new features and enhancements to the Windows Phone 7 platform. For starters, Microsoft ported its flagship web browser Internet Explorer 9 from the desktop to its mobile counterpart. With Windows Phone 7.5, one can expect improved surfing experience due to the fact that the platform now supports HTML5 and hardware accelerated browsing. The Bing section have been enhanced as well with the addition of Bing Scout, Bing Vision and Bing Audio. Another notable addition of Windows Phone 7.5 is the ability to multi-task on the platform. Expect more new features to be uncovered soon.
How to Install Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"?
The update is issued over-the-air although you will still need to connect your device to a computer and you will be needing the appropriated software. For Windows user, you will need to download the Zune Software. Mac OS X users on the other hand will need to use WP7 Connector software. The applications given will backup your device first before proceeding with the download and installation of the update. You will need about an hour to complete the process so be sure that you do the update at the most convenient time for you.
So there you have it, Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango". Windows Phone 7 users are strongly encouraged to update as soon as it is made available for your device. [via WinRumors, RedmondPie]