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Microsoft: Windows Phone Mango ‘VIP Preview’ on May 24

Microsoft has announced a “VIP Preview” of the next major release to the company’s Windows Phone operating system, codenamed Mango. Several new features were brought to light recently, including Bing Audio, turn-by-turn navigation, enhanced multitasking, Bing Vision, and a voice-to-text service for SMS.

As PCWorld reports, Microsoft has announced a “VIP Preview” of Windows Phone “Mango” which will take place in New York City on May 24th. From what reports are indicating, Microsoft plans on showcasing the Mango update to a select few people.

The Mango update, also known as Windows Phone version 7.5, will include Bing Audio, which allows your Windows Phone powered handset to identify what song is playing within the vicinity of the smartphone. The update will also have turn-by-turn navigation, possibly from Nokia’s expertise. As we already know, Nokia and Microsoft formed a partnership a while back and promised to share their technology with Microsoft. Mango will also have enhanced multi-tasking. Another neat feature is the integration of Bing Vision. This will allow users to scan a barcode, similar to Google Goggles. We will also see a voice-to-text service for SMS messages.

Other features to be seen in ‘Mango’ will be an updated user interface with the intentions of “making it easier for the user to launch, to search, to find, to buy and to install” apps. The update will also feature a 25% improvement in memory efficiency and support for deep links into application content. We will also see a feature called Live Agents as well as better multitasking. Internet Explorer 9 will also be in the update.

Mango is set to arrive sometime in late 2011, but an exact release date is not clear.

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