Feeds

Microsoft’s Mango update falls from tech tree

Update to dribble out over the next month

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Microsoft as begun rolling out the version 7.5 "Mango" update to its Phone 7 OS – but only 10 per cent of the user base will be getting it at first.

Redmond is staggering the launch, with those 10 per cent of customers getting the update this Tuesday, and another 15 per cent within the next two weeks. In all, 98 per cent of users should have it on their handsets by the end of October, which Microsoft says will give it time to sort out any bugs that crop up when people upgrade, and will let phone operators tweek the OS to fit their handset configurations.

“We’re not just delivering our new operating system but also new software supplied by individual handset makers,” writes Eric Hautala, general manager of Redmond’s customer experience engineering. “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.”

Microsoft hopes Mango will help its goal of being number three in the mobile OS market. The update, which uses the Metro interface that will be the basis of Windows 8, touts itself as supporting full multitasking without the battery drain. It also has tighter integration with the Bing search engine, with a ‘local scout’ function for location-based selling, IE9 as a mobile browser, and better social-networking integration. Voice recognition and translation in five languages has also been added.

There are, however, plenty of other features that can be used only if the network operators let you. The most desirable, enabling the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five users, is likely to come at a hefty fee from many providers. Since Microsoft is making much of how closely they want to work with operators, don’t expect Redmond to side with the user any time soon on this one.

HTC and Samsung are already producing Phone 7.5 handsets, with Nokia’s contributions coming – but a sacking offence to mention it seems. Microsoft has also used the update to announce three new hardware partners: ZTE, Fujitsu and Acer. They may hardly be considered giants of the mobile telephony world, but Microsoft needs all the support it can get. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.