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04 Oct 2011
By Dan Michael
Oct
04
2011

Who wants a slice of the Mango?

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Last week we were really pleased to announce that partnering closely with Microsoft meant we could start rolling out the Windows Phone 7.5 OS update, codenamed Mango. And what an update it is!

Windows-Mango-screen-grab-content-blogWindows Phone 7.5 is the first major release since Windows Phone 7 launched less than a year ago. Mango 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.

Many people have already advised that they have got the update but it is a gradual roll out so you just need to keep an eye on your device which will advise you when the update is ready to download.

Microsoft will gradually ramp up delivery so that the update will be broadly available to most existing Windows Phone customers by the end of October.

With such a feature packed update it is pretty hard to cover them all in a blog post so here are some of our top picks that will come to you, free of charge of course, with the Mango update.

  • Threads: Switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
  • Groups: Group friends, family, co-workers into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the start screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group.
  • Deeper social network integration: In addition to Facebook and Windows Live, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards, and Mango includes built-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Internet.
  • Linked Inbox: See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Mail is organized by conversations to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.
  • Hands-free messaging: Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.
  • App Connect: By further integrating apps into Windows Phone Hubs, including Music + Video and Pictures, Mango allows apps to pop up when you need them.
  • Improved Live Tiles: Get real-time information from apps without having to open them by pinning them to the Start screen. Live Tiles can now be more interactive.
  • Multitasking: Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background while preserving battery life and performance.
  • Internet Explorer 9: The power of a PC-browser plus support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration graphics. This means you can quickly and easily share web pages with Social Networks directly from within the browser. No copy and paste required.
  • Local Scout: Provides hyper-local search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy- to-use guide.
  • Bing Vision: Gives you quick results based on product images and barcodes, QR codes and MS Tags.
  • Quick Cards: When searching for a product, movie, event or place see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.

The Mango update can be downloaded for free by synchronising your phone with Microsoft’s Zune software on a PC. Microsoft will make it available to customers progressively over the coming weeks.

So what is your favourite thing about the update? Leave me a comment below.

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132 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    It’s all gone quiet here. I guess if they can’t give us honest information then, well…. it’s a bit like my mother used to say “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I guess they have nothing to say that won’t insult anyone’s intelligence.

    A waiting game huh…. Most countries have Window’s phones now, the handsets have been available here for ages (thanks for rubbing that in spatch ;) ) so we just… wait and wait. In the dark.

  2. WPDownUnder says:

    Dan,

    Did you see this? http://www.wpdownunder.com/?p=3186
    A sample of Retail stores (Melbourne suburb) to see how WP7 fares in a retail check.

    We need some GEN2 devices in a hurry -- with no Mango able to be demoed by any propsective customers to WP7 in Australia in any retail store as I see it (devices won’t be on Mango there).

    It’s a pretty sorry state of affairs I’m afraid.

    :(

    Sheeds.

  3. Dan Michael says:

    That is quite a slap in the face Sheeds I admit.

    The reason for my silence is not a lack of interest but a lack of information to share.

    I like to think I am or have my finger on the pulse within the business but it has gone particularly quiet for me, trying to solicit a response about our plans for most of what is being discussed here. Sometimes that can be due to commercial confidence and all I can do is continue to ask you to be patient and watch this space.

    Did you see the Nokia and WP7 rollout in ’3D’ lightshow on the River Themes with superstar DJ Deadmau5? It was huge! Hopefully something that big rolls into town soon and we can continue to have awesome conversations about it.

    I am as transparent about this stuff as I can be and will share news with you as soon as I am able.

    Thanks to all of you guys for being such passionate supporters, I only hope I can share great news with you soon until then I continue to monitor the conversation and join in when need be.

    Best regards
    Dan.

    • Rob says:

      Oh Dan, I’m sorry Mr. It actually wasn’t aimed at you, it was at the lack of information they’re feeding you. I didn’t mean to upset you, I’m pretty sure you know we appreciate having you here. I just wish they’d give you the honest line so you could let us know, but that’s probably something they won’t do as they have a plan I’m sure and don’t want to release the plot just yet.

      Next time I get sarcy I’ll be sure to make an exclusion statement ;)

  4. Dan Michael says:

    I don’t usually post links to 3rd party stuff but here is the EPIC Nokia event in London that you just have to see.
    http://www.epklink.com/nokialumialive/

  5. WPDownUnder says:

    @DLB_84 (Daniel)

    “…..by your continual posting on these notice boards stinks of trying to source ‘stories’ for your blog.”

    Daniel, your welcome to your own view on my motives for posting here, however misguided it may be.

    I’ll let my record in Telstra forums, Whirlpool Forums, Official Microsoft forums and last of all my Blog speak for themselves re: working on behalf of WP7 enthusiasts and owners in Australia.

    Couldn’t care less if engadget, gizmodo and every blog in the country BUT mine got a scoop on the issues I raise -- if it meant the Australian WP7 community got more transparency and respect.

    If it wasn’t for Dan here for example, we wouldn’t have had Tethering and Visual Voice Mail answers…and I don’t see Telstra losing out for providing Dan with this extra information and better satisfying their customers expectations.

    Cheers.

  6. Rob says:

    oh lord :(

    I can see why Windows Phone is getting no attention. Telstra have become the world’s largest Android fanboys (see link below)… I imagine there’s quite a lot of pressure from somewhere keeping the windows phone at bay when you see something like this : http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/02/telstra-opens-androidland-store-in-australia-with-a-little-hel/

  7. Rob says:

    OMG, get this, I’d had enough of waiting, so I though… i’ll just get the old HTC HD7 and upgrade it after a few months of waiting…

    So I went to upgrade my plan from my current $99 unlimited BYO plan to a $129 unlimited plan with a “shiny new handset” as the website offered.

    I went to choose a HTC HD7… and it wasn’t there. In fact, there were NO windows phones there. Only android and apple. I can’t even CHOOSE to upgrade my plan to a windows phone on the telstra website. Serious. Give it a try.

    What’s going on? Is this a conspiracy? Is it “political”. Is Telstra’s new fanboy status with Google pushing aside the competition?

    Why can’t I even choose to get a windows phone on the website?! I don’t want android or ios, I’ve had them both, I want a windows phone. OMG. It’s like a bad dream dealing with Telstra. Can anybody answer why I can’t choose a windows phone when upgrading on the website?

  8. Chris says:

    Look, no matter what anyone thinks, the facts speak for themselves:
    There is just very little available to those of use that use Windows Phones here in Australia.
    If you look at the telco’s here, its clear that they are all focused on android or iPhone.
    I have been a loyal Telstra customer for many years, but the fact that they have no interest in catering for my needs makes me think that the telco that DOES provide a good range of Windows phones, may end up with a new customer.
    I would really like a look at the HTC Titan, but I doubt we’ll ever see it through Australian telco’s.

  9. spatch says:

    I don’t really understand why everyone is freaking out here. Telstra and all the telcos are in the business of making money, not catering to the whims of a select group of early adopters and fanboys. I am in the same boat as everyone else here — I want the newest phones immediately, and I want Telstra to carry them all, but it just isn’t going to happen. The fact is that iPhones & Android phones sell, and they sell to the average consumer. We all know that Windows Phone is the better OS, but until the everyday consumer knows it, we won’t see the massive sales success of the other platforms.

    There’s no use complaining on this forum — go and buy your phones from Mobicity & Expansys, and enjoy them. Microsoft is in this game for the duration, and until the telcos wake up and start offering Windows Phones to everyone, then it is up to communities like this to spread the word. I think we’ll see a massive push for Windows Phone next year from Microsoft & their OEM’s (especially Nokia), and when Windows 8 launches then the world will see Metro in every PC retail store, and on every Xbox. Then people will start to say, “Hey, I can get this on a phone?” That’s when telcos will have to wake up, and when we’ll start to see interest in Windows Phone move from the fan community to the everyday consumer.

    • DTHD7 says:

      I thought this forum was for finding info, tips, input -- please could the whiners go away and beg from someone else. If the world wanted WP they would buy it en masse. If WP is, as you say, the superior OS, will that not become clear to all? Personally I feel that it isn’t, and that Android, for all its popularity is the weakest of all. Apple still has the edge, and the most secure OS, its also user friendly and not at all hobbled by the multiple OEM issues that WP has chosen to endure. Windows is still the platform of choice for businesses in most cases, that will help WP become popular, so be patient little fanboys.
      While I really do not enjoy my HD7, nor mango, I do hope it does well in order to push development in the other OS solutions, and who knows, maybe the next Steve Jobs and Steve Woz are out there right now, creating an amazing solution that tops even apple.

  10. Bitslave says:

    “I went to choose a HTC HD7… and it wasn’t there. In fact, there were NO windows phones there.”

    Rob, probably because they have no Gen1 stock left for online ordering, individual Telstra stores might have leftover stock.

    Cheers.

  11. Muz_in_BNE says:

    I am wondering if build 7740 is being released to Telstra customers. I am affected by the Exchange 2003 fault & would like to have the full functionality of my exchange email on my phone.

    • Bitslave says:

      Currently we are waiting and waiting for Telstra to deliver on at least 3 updates, 2 off those updates are firmware updates from HTC which other countries have begun delivering over 6 weeks ago.

      Update 7740 from MSFT was released after the HTC firmware updates, however there have been reports of some people receiving this update before the firmware updates.

      It’s pot-luck on which ones you get first, but worst of all Telstra have kept their infamous record intact of being one of the last telcos in the world to deliver updates, a shameful effort in my books.

      Good luck, it may be Telstra are holding back so they can deliver the updates via Santa :~;

  12. spatch says:

    http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/phones/samsung/galaxy-nexus/?red=%2Fgalaxy-nexus

    Well, that’s it — no new WP handsets from Telstra for at least the next 3 months. There is no way Telstra will jeopardize their buddy-buddy Android partnership by releasing a premium WP handset like the Titan any time soon. The Galaxy Nexus is too important a release and will be Telstra’s focus for the next 6 months at least.

    If Telstra decides to release any new WP handsets next year (at this stage, doubtful), it will have to wait until at least Feb or March 2012.

  13. Michael says:

    Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart? Where the hell is the tethering update for the Mozart?

    DON’T JUST SAY COMMING SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. DLB_84 says:

    HTC Windows Phone Update now available in Zune -- brings internet connection sharing (WiFi Tethering/HotSpot).

    O/S version: 7.10.7720.68 (unchanged)
    F/W revision: 2250.21.51002.841 (from 2250.21.40600.841)
    H/W Revision: 0004 (unchanged, and won’t)
    RA S/W Version: 5.69.09.05a_22.50.50.21U (unchanged)
    Bootloader version: 5.10.2250.2(133064) (from 4.6.2250.0(129192)
    Chip SOC version: 2.2.50 (unchanged)

  15. deej says:

    being a current iPhone 4 owner and being very much over iOS in general, I’ve had trouble deciding whether to get an android or win phone 7 for a while now, so I checked out the galaxy nexus yesterday thinking I’d get one due to lack of availability of ANY of the new windows phones in Aus!

    I’ve got to say I was underwhelmed with the galaxy nexus but loved playing with the HD7 win phone, so my question as a current Telstra customer is when are the new Windows phone due to hit Australia?!?

    Come on Telstra sort it out… Samsung Focus S, Nokia Lumia 800, HTC Titan??????

  16. NB says:

    I just recieved the latest HTC update (Mozart). Now have internet tethering, yeah.

    Can anyone tell me what the Mango 7740 OS update does?

    • Bitslave says:

      1) Fixes an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.

      2) Fixes a voicemail notification display issue that occurs on some European and Asian networks under certain conditions.

      The 7740 update has not been released by Telstra and apparently has not even been tested yet so I wouldn’t expect it to be released this year :(

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