Microsoft previews Windows Phone 7 Mango today at 10am EST. Watch Live Webcast.
In about 45 minutes Microsoft will preview the next major Windows Phone 7 release dubbed Mango. Steve Ballmer said this week that there are 500 new features coming. He also teased that there are new OEMs for Windows Phones. These have already been blurted out by Microsoft in Romania found out by PocketNow. Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE will make Windows Phone 7 phones.
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The first Windows Phone 7 Mango phones are expected to be launched this fall. Apple will reveal iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011 next week. I guess Microsoft's plan is to put out the features of Mango ahead to let Apple's new features look less unique or attractive. Let's see if that works.
Microsoft is actually streaming the Windows Phone 7 Mango event live. You can watch it on the Microsoft site and see if you count 500 new features. The release on the Romanian Microsoft site also lists the main new features found in Mango. Some of them have been already known. The major areas of improvements include communication, applications and web-browsing.
The highlights are IE9 with HTML5 support, Bing Vision, Music and Voice search, Hands-free messaging, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts integration, Multitasking and improved Live Tiles. See the full details in our report of the official Mango announcement.