More Awesome Features Coming To Windows Phone 7 Mango
One week ago we told you about the five awesome features that will hopefully arrive with Windows Phone Mango update — Bing Audio, Bing Vision, podcast support, turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance and Voice Dictation — and this week we get genuine-looking screenshots of even more Mango awesomeness from the Windows Phone Dev Podcast.
Apparently, Mango will bring native Windows Live Messenger, Facebook chat and AOL Instant Messenger — we’ve heard of the Live Messenger bit last week — integration and functionality under the Messenger Hub which will now feature a dynamic list of your Contacts with presence indication.
The Office Hub will bring Office365 integration built right into it and SkyDrive as well as SharePoint integration are added, respectively improved. For the gamers, the Games Hub is redesigned with more functionality added including Sync support and if you’re currently using a third party application for your Group Messaging needs you’ll be able to ditch that as Group Messaging will come with Mango to allow you to e-mail or text people in quick groups you’ll be able to create.
The Lock Screen will come to life — no more static images — as there will be an Option under Settings that will allow you to turn on or off Artist Art display on your Lock Screen while you are listening to music, pretty much like the desktop Zune client does while playing back tunes.
Additionally, there will be some more improvements like WiFi Hotspot support, native checkins like Facebook Places, Visual Voice mail like rumored recently, and a couple of battery saving options inside Settings to allow you to squeeze more juice out of your battery.
Now, with all the last week’s and today’s rumored features, Microsoft is really getting back in the game bringing on all those things that were somehow missing. Of course, there are still some missing features to Mango but the end of the year is still far away and Redmond might check those missing features one at a time and deliver an awesome platform refresh to its users.