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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Released to Manufacturing

The Windows Phone development team today officially announced via a blog post that they have signed off on the release to manufacturing of Windows Phone 7.5 code-named Mango. Mango is expected to bring many new features to the Windows Phone platform and has been highly anticipated.

“Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones,” Terry Myerson stated in the official blog post.

Reports are even stating that the final build of Mango will be 7720.

Looks like developers might be getting the RTM build before it is released to the public, according to a comment by a Microsoft employee on the same blog. “We’re working to get devs an updated build soon. Stay tuned to the dev blog.”

‘Mango’ will feature 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. IE9 will also be making an appearance in the update.

Microsoft was working on a built-in application for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) users that allows for combined control of popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The way it works is very simple. The People Hub will have social networking features that include updates fetched from a user’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. It is intended to make it easier to view your updates in one easy place, rather than going to three different places.

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