Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Due in Fortnight

Windows Phone 7 was announced last year and those who have already got their hands on one of the Windows Phone 7 handsets will be pleased to hear that the first major update to Mango is going to be announced by Microsoft within a week or two.

Following the availability of many unofficial or leaked copies, the Microsoft’s General Manager in Customer Experience Engineering, Eric Hautala has warned people not to download and install the unofficial, reiterated updated versions of the original software. He further added that the people who opt for unofficial or leaked copies may cause certain apps and features to malfunction – “since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.”

However, it is important to mention here that the new update will not come direct to your Windows Phone instead you will have to install the recently updated software onto your system such as Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac or the Zune Software for PCs. Both of them are specifically designed for respective devices and make the entire update experience smooth and clean for users.

Despite the fact that the company has announced fortnight release of the update, there are sources still claiming some of the features of firmware updates are yet not ready to be launched and require another three or four weeks to be ready for release.

Many of Microsoft reports emphasize on the fact that the new Mango update is released soon. One such report came last week as well in which Microsoft encouraged developers to show up with their Mango-friendly apps to Marketplace. Such Mango-friendly apps have already started appearing in the Marketplace.

The updated Mango version will be released with a number of different features, to say over 500 new features. The Mango update will enable users to build contact groups, view various types of messages (i.e. e-mail, SMS etc) in a single integrated inbox. Furthermore, the users will able to switch between different apps with ease. Microsoft has also worked on its Exchange support to enable users to find their e-mails on server conveniently.

If we recall the Microsoft’s acquisition of the Skype few months ago, a thought may come up in your mind that the Mango update might offer a support for Skype calling. We hope that all future Windows Phone handsets showing off front facing camera will allow user to have a video chatting through Skype platform.

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