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article imageMicrosoft releasing its next-gen Windows Phone

By Vilma Cajigas     May 24, 2011 in Technology
Microsoft previewed for release today the next generation Windows Phone, code-named Mango, with an array of new features and a faster browser.
Pushing the limits with its more than 500 new features, the “Mango” is set to be released in early fall, and will be available to Windows Phone 7 customers for free.
"Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more," said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft in a press release. “With ‘Mango’, Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort.”
The “Mango”, which organizes information around the person or groups people interact with, is said to simplify the way smartphone users communicate. In addition, rather than apps running independent of each other, they are integrated into the core of the phone, so they are always there, allowing for multitasking.
When compared to Apple's iPhone and Android, “Mango’s” Internet Explorer 9 trumped the competition in a Windows Phone Browser Speed Test by GeekWire.
As reported in the Official Microsoft Blog, some of the new “Mango" features include:
Improved Live Tiles, which provides even more real-time information to the home screen. Live Tiles on Mango can be more dynamic and contain more information.
Deeper social network integration. Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards, and “Mango” includes built-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Web.
Internet Explorer 9. A browser based on the powerful Internet Explorer 9 and including support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration. That's a shot of IE9 to the left.
Local Scout. Provides hyperlocal search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy-to-use guide.
Having recently made public a partnership with Nokia, Microsoft proposes the “Mango” will help further expand and strengthen new partnerships with Acer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and ZTE Corp., which announced, today, plans to ship new Windows Phone devices to markets around the world. Additionally, Microsoft announced it will support new languages.
Currently, the Windows Phone Marketplace offers more than 17,000 apps, and projects to be in 35 countries by this fall.
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