Microsoft Started Rolling Out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Update
FINALLY! Microsoft has started rolling out the first and the biggest update of their mobile OS Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7.5 code name Mango was previewed back in May with more than 500 amazing features including tabbed browsing, multitasking and many more.
Beginning this morning, Windows Phones around the world will start to “ding” with important news: Windows Phone 7.5 is starting to roll out.
The first major release since Windows Phone 7 launched less than a year ago, the 7.5 release offers hundreds of new features and experiences designed to build on the phone’s intuitive, “people-first” foundation – multitasking, more integrated apps, primo mobile Web browsing, and powerful and personalized tools, like integrated social networking and conversation threads, for connecting with the people in our lives.
Windows Phone 7′s market share is still less than their competitors which are Android and and Apple’s iOS but Microsoft promises to make their place in market with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update.
Mango comes with dozens of new and updated features and add-ons to WP7, including app multitasking (multiple apps can be opened and run at the same time), the ability to make your phone a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices, an improved voice assistant that can go speech-to-text and text-to-speech and a Groups feature to combine contacts into quick lists. Other new features include a web marketplace for Windows Phone apps, face detection for picture tagging, a “Me Tile” which allows for instant status and chat updates across platforms and linked inboxes, which can combine all of your inboxes into one integrated view.
For a complete list of Windows Phone Mango updates, check the Microsoft website.
Here’s a video which shows couple of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango features:
Here’s the full blog post from Windows Team Blog :
This morning, at roughly 10 a.m. Pacific time, we began rolling out the Mango update to phones around the world. I’m sure you’re as excited as we are: Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) is our largest and most feature-packed software refresh to date.
I do want to emphasize that today is just the start. Our plan, as I’ll explain in a moment, is to ramp up delivery gradually—but make the update available to most existing customers within 4 weeks.
I’m sure you have lots of questions about the update process and especially when you’ll be able to install Windows Phone 7.5. Here’s our plan.
Today we’re starting the roll out of Windows Phone 7.5 to more than 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. This is a simultaneous, coordinated, global update that cuts across carriers, phone models, and countries. This time, almost everybody is going first.
Check Where’s My Phone Update? for the latest global status info.
When will I get it?
While today’s rollout includes most of our carriers and handsets, we’re not making Mango available to everyone at once. So it could be a few weeks before an update message for Windows Phone 7.5 appears on your phone.
Why don’t we just blast it out?
It’s a fair question. Delivering Windows Phone 7.5 simultaneously to so many phone models and carriers requires the right engineering balance. Speed is a priority—but so is quality. We’re not just delivering our new operating system but also new software supplied by individual handset makers. This “firmware” is necessary so your phone—and apps—work with all the features of Windows Phone 7.5. But it essentially means that we’re supplying not just one update, but many different ones, given the variety of Windows Phones and carriers out there to choose from.
If a problem comes to light, it’s critical that we can isolate and fix it quickly. So we’re deliberately starting out slow. This week, we’ll be making the update available to 10 percent of customers. If everything looks good, we’ll open up the spigot a bit more—to around 25 percent. We’ll hold there for one or two weeks, then quickly ramp up to 100 percent—monitoring quality the entire way. That’s how we ensure Mango arrives both quickly and in tip-top shape.
If we hit unexpected snags, we might have to temporarily slow or halt the update rollout. Starting this week, I’ll resume posting here regularly to let you know where things stand.
How do I install it?
One day a message pops up on your phone saying an update is available. Great! But now what?
Depending on what kind of computer you have, you’ll need to install either the latest version of the Zune Software for PC or Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. Then visit Update Central, our one-stop how-to resource for Windows Phone updates.
Once you’re done, you might want to poke around the Windows Phone website, which was refreshed today with new how-to articles, videos, and tips for getting the most from Windows Phone 7.5 (including a big list of new feature highlights). Finally, don’t forget to check out our new online Marketplace for apps and games!
Eric Hautala, Ge
If you’re a Windows Phone 7 OS user you will be getting Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update.
We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!