Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta SDK announced: Available Now

Along side the Windows Phone 7 Mango comes the launch of the Mango Beta SDK. It’s available now for download and obviously includes most of the features we have heard about during the MIX11 event. Yes, it’s called Windows Phone 7.1.

First the tools. Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango deliver the top features you have asked for:

- Background processing

- New profiler and emulator for testing

- Use of Silverlight + XNA together

- Silverlight 4

- IE9 web browser control

- Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally
- Deep linking into apps from notifications and Live Tiles

- Additional sensors; direct camera access, compass & gyro

- Fast application switching

- Networking / sockets for communications

- Local SQL database for structured storage

- Access to calendar and contacts for apps

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All Windows Phone 7 Mango features demoed on video

Here are all all the new major features introduced in Mango demonstrated in video. Hit the break to watch the new home screen, Groups, Multi-tasking, Local Scout, IE9 Mobile and much more:

Update: Check out my hands-on preview of Mango here.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango announced: Coming out this autumn

Microsoft just spilled the beans and posted the official Press release of Windows Phone 7 Mango ahead of the press conference that will start in a few minutes. The goods news is that it’s coming out at this Autumn. Three new OEMs are also now added to the stable: Fujistu, Acer and ZTE. The Beta SDK will be made available in the next 24h hours.

Everything we have heard about earlier is now confirmed to be included in the OS. This means that Mango does indeed have super neat Windows Live Messenger integration integrated into the messaging app and People hub. Twitter and LinkedIn integration (no word about Facebook chat in the PR though). Text-to-speech and speech-to-text for SMS and Chat. Bing Vision, and Music search are also in there. All in all this is, as expected, a really huge release that is sure to please everybody. Now the big question is: Will most of the services be available in all regions? Stay tuned for more info.

 

Full Press Release and Video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 Mango is Windows Phone 7.1 ?

Here’s something interesting: Windows Phone 7 Mango is actually Windows Phone 7.1 and not Windows Phone 7.5 according to the MSDN online documentation. This can be surprising to some but it is following a certain logic if you look at the current OS build number: 7.0.7392. This essentially means that Mango will be build 7.1.XXXX. Anyway,  this may or may not be a place holder name so I will just suggest that you all wait patiently until the official unveiling later today (and no I won’t post about all the wacky rumors currently circulating… but keep an eye on Twitter).

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Windows Phone 7 Mango event Live stream

Ready for tomorrow’s Windows Phone 7 Mango event ? I’ll be present at the local unveiling here so you can expect hands-on videos and pictures of what is going to be shown a few hours after the whole thing ends. but if you don’t want to miss anything all you’ll have to do is to tune into the live stream that Microsoft is going to provide here and follow me on Twitter where I will live tweet as much as possible during my hands on session (I decided not to take my laptop with me because I’m just a few minutes away from where the event is taking place so my smartphone and DSLR will be enough to correctly cover the whole thing here). Watch the whole recorded webcast after the break:

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