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Microsoft teases 500 new WP7 features, hints new hardware

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon May 23, 2011

Ballmer says WP7 Mango has 500 new features

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer gave clues at his presentation for the Japan Microsoft Developer Forum (video below) that the upcoming Mango update for Windows Phone 7 would not just have a large number of features but might be matched by new hardware at the same time. The release would have over 500 new features, including the known expanded language update that would give Japan devices by the end of the year. He alluded also to more details of hardware partners and carriers, suggesting more hardware might show at the planned May 24 event.

Tips have emerged that as many as nine devices could come, including from new partners. Acer would join the Windows Phone leagues for the first time with two new models. Dell would launch the Wrigley, another design with a four-inch screen but an eight-megapixel camera. HTC would have two new devices, and Samsung would commit itself much more deeply with four new models, one or more of which may be WP7 equivalents to the Galaxy S II.

Mango isn't expected to arrive until fall and would leave any hardware shown on Tuesday shipping months later. Microsoft may be willing to show prototypes early to avoid leaks and sustain attention up until the end of summer or early fall.

The firm has already talked about major features like real multitasking and IE9, deeper map integration, and third-party support for hardware like cameras and gyroscopes. Leaks have shown a slew of new features, such as built-in multi-network IM, Office 365 access, Smart DJ mixes in the Zune app, and many others. NFC wireless has also been mentioned as an option.

The upgrade could be vital for Microsoft, which has yet to get traction with its new OS. Gartner estimates that WP7's combined partners shipped 1.6 million phones in early 2011, which both put it behind most platforms but outsold even by the aging Windows Mobile. Some missing features, limited exposure and other factors may have affected it where both Android and the iPhone get much more attention from carriers that know both will sell. [via WMPowerUser]

By Electronista Staff


  1. Foe Hammer

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    500 New Features?

    Thank goodness we already have the iPhone to save us from this phone.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Although One Feature Is Very Useful ...

    It's the Ask Ballmer feature. Any time you have a dilemma, just type it in and Ballmer will tell you the proper thing to do. Then just do the opposite and you'll be fine.

  1. climacs

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    Haha I loved Chris Kattan

  1. slapppy

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    Feature #

    Feature #1: On button
    Feature #2: Off button
    Feature #3: Headphone Jack.... and so it goes up to 500!

  1. climacs

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    they just don't frickin' get it

    they didn't learn a dammed thing from Zune, did they? "Hey, Zune allows you to share music with other Zune users! Welcome to the social!"

    And then they spent hundreds of millions to buy Danger... for what? First they PO'd Sidekick users with the data crash, then they killed it entirely (after they drove off the talent they bought). I know people who love that phone and are STILL hanging on to their Sidekicks, even if they are 3 years old by now. How on Earth could there be so many smart, talented people at Microsoft and then they miss an opportunity like that?

    Oh, but they're totally hooked up with Nokia, that'll get them caught up with iPhone and Android phones... right?

  1. koolkid1976

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    Re: Feature #

    I"m sure each language pack update is considered a feature as well.

  1. jarod

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    It's just unbelievable how big of a moron Ballmer is lolllll. It's like he does it on purpose to consistently be a public failure.

    500 features? of which 0.5 actually work?

    You can keep it Stevie... give it to your kids... see what they think.

  1. coffeetime

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    Yeah, right.... 500

    It's 500 features including 480 game levels from Angry Bird!

  1. SockRolid

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    There he goes again...

    Ballmer is still stuck in the Office-has-more-features rut. Microsoft adds features because long lists of features look good in marketing meetings. And because if they don't keep adding features to their products, corporate IT departments won't be suckered into upgrading every year. Not because the new pile of features actually help end-users.

    Droning on and on about features is even worse than droning on and on about specs. The only feature that WP7 needed, seriously, was a migration path from Windows Mobile 6.5. That would have been the killer feature. But no, WP7 was such a knee-jerk reaction to iPhone that Microsoft couldn't be bothered. Not providing a migration path from old to new is a classic sign of lazy, hasty engineering. And of complete indifference to end-users.

  1. brainiac

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    Will it resemble its namesake

    Google - Mango Saturday Night Live

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