Speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011, Steve Ballmer not only confirmed tomorrow’s Mango preview event but referred to it as being a launch event — this right after telling the audience that they “came to market with Windows Phone about a year later than” he wished they had. “Shame on us!”
In the video below, starting at the 50 second mark, you will see references to more than 500 new features Windows Phone Mango will bring to Redmond-powered smartphones. What we’ve seen or heard until now (IE9, Fast app switching, Twitter Integration + Messenger, Turn-by-turn navigation, Dictation support, Unified Inbox, Bing Audio/Vision, New languages, Podcast support on Zune and Smart DJ, to name a few) are just a couple in the 500 list.
Windows Phone will also arrive to Japan later this year — this means language support as well as hopefully services and the new release, Mango, is referred to as being a more global one. Anyone excited as the event is getting closer?