How Many New Windows Phone 7 Mango Features Are We Up To?


Eighty-nine down, a whole lot more to go! When Steve Ballmer brought up the claim that Windows Phone 7 Mango would be bringing in excess of five hundred new features to the operating system, it seemed more like hyperbole than anything. But once we started watching Microsoft’s presentation at Tuesday’s New York City event, it became hard to deny: there is a LOT of new stuff coming to Mango. Now, we’ve talked about some of the more impressive changes that are in store, and lamented about some that won’t make the cut, but when it comes down to it, we’ve just scraped the tip of the iceberg.

The obsessive minds over at anythingbutiphone have been taking meticulous notes about what Microsoft has revealed about Mango, not just at this most recent event, but in all the teasers leading up to it. All told, they arrived at eighty-nine features with a chance of making it in. The majority of those have been directly confirmed by Microsoft, but there are a few that, while either likely or highly-anticipated, are just rumors at this point. All at once like this, it makes for quite the impressive list.

There are sixty-three Mango features that Microsoft has announced, and an additional twenty that were once just rumors, only to later have Microsoft confirm them.

1. SkyDrive support (including shared folders)

2. Internet Explorer 9

3. HTML5

4. Hardware acceleration

5. Multitasking

6. Task-switcher

7. Twitter integration

8. Xbox LIVE Avatar accessories

9. Kinect integration

10. Skype

11. Application jump list

12. Application search

13. Redesigned Marketplace

14. Improved Marketplace search results

15. Streamlined app installation

16. Over-the-air podcasts

17. Silverlight + XNA

18. Improved panorama and pivot controls

19. TCP/IP sockets

20. SQL CE database

21. Live Agents

22. Deep Links

23. Multiple live tiles per app

24. Gyro

25. Motion Sensor

26. Instant-resume for apps

27. Power management

28. Parental controls (including M-rated titles)

29. Custom ringtones

30. Background audio

31. File download service

32. Alarm notifications

33. Redesigned Games hub

34. Silverlight 4

35. Beta/private publishing on the Marketplace

36. Pinnable email folders

37. Email conversation view

38. Server search

39. Lync

40. Complex (alpha-numeric) passwords

41. Information Rights Management

42. Hidden Wi-Fi networks

43. App Connect (formerly Search Extras)

44. Quick Cards

45. Local Scout

46. Indoor maps

47. Photo translation

48. Image search

49. Improved virtual keyboard

50. Contact communication history

51. LinkedIn integration

52. Notifications

53. Calendar integration with Facebook Events

54. Facial recognition

55. Updated mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote

56. Single track repeat

57. Improved drop-down media controls

58. Playback controls on the lock screen

59. Favorite places

60. Web Marketplace

61. Multiple file formats on SkyDrive, including PDF

62. Instant access to Bing under device lock

63. Emoticons

1. Location check-ins

2. Photosynth (possibly as an app)

3. Windows Live Messenger / Facebook Chat

4. Bing Vision

5. Bing Audio

6. Auditory turn-by-turn navigation

7. SMS dictation

8. Threads

9. Colored tiles for Office documents

10. Support for East Asian languages

11. Visual voicemail

12. Office 365 support

13. Groups

14. Artist imagery on lock screen

15. Redesigned Music + Videos hub

16. Smart DJ

17. Playlist management

18. Enable/disable camera sound

19. Linked Inbox

20. Multiple calendars for Windows Live accounts

While we haven’t officially heard about these one way or the other, some rumors point to the following six additions making the cut.

1. NFC Support

2. Mobile Studio

3. Facebook video uploads

4. AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)

5. Multiple calendars for non-Windows Live accounts

6. Support for Wi-Fi Hotspots

Look for even more Mango features to be revealed as the months until its release pass. As a bonus, if you speak Swedish, you can check out some of these features in the clip below.

Source: anythingbutiphone

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!