Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan
Rest of world gets to shout into fruit around Xmas
The next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, is with device manufacturers and looks like it will hit Japanese shelves in September, with the rest of the world having to wait a little longer.
Version 7.5 of Windows Phone is being touted as a proper version 1, a grown-up version that finally brings multi-tasking to the platform as well as some interface improvements and integrated services. Mango was officially released to manufacturers on Tuesday, according to the Microsoft blog, and KDDI wasted no time announcing that it would be launching the first Mango handset in Japan by September.
That handset will be manufactured by Toshiba-Fujitsu, and seems to be the one being waved around at the Microsoft Developers' Conference a few months back, but other than that there aren't a lot of details.
Japanese 2G networks are incompatible with our own, so that handset won't be making it elsewhere, but other manufacturers will be quick with Mango-based offerings of their own.
As well as multitasking, Mango offers threaded conversations – recognising how Facebook has evolved into a messaging system – and combines this with IM and text messaging. It also promises to open up more development options for third parties wanting to expand the platform. ®
And I'm not paid.
If you have ever used a Windows Phone 7 device (and I have, I chose it because I found it personally the most pleasing device out of those I tested) you'd know that actually A.) it's pretty good especially given it's come from Microsoft and B.) Lack of Multitasking in third party apps has been at very worst minorly annoying but for 99% of the time not an issue although that is based on my usage patterns.
This doesn't take anything away from iOS or Android and those who use those devices, that's your own choice and I am mature enough to not sling crap at them because I also recognise they're great devices and if you get on with them, great, personally I just preferred WP7.
I suppose nobody on the Internet knows your a dog, or a 15 year old on the first week of their summer holiday....
I do too
I've had an HTC HD7 since Christmas 2010 and whilst I wish the paint wasn't chipping off the device, I'm delighted with the OS.
I was looking forward to copy & paste with the NoDo update a couple of months ago, but since then, I think I've used the functionality twice.
I know a lot of people aren't impressed with WP7, but I've found that people quickly change their mind after using it and accepting that it's not another iOS/Android platform.
WP7 is a great OS and I hope it continues to evolve.