List of all of the new Windows Phone 7 Mango features

I’ve just compiled a relatively long list of all the most important new features that are going to be introduced with Windows Phone 7 Mango later this fall. Some features are still probably missing either because they haven’t been announced yet or because I forgot about them so feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll update this list. You will notice that there’s obviously less that 500 features which is the official PR claim. Unfortunately Microsoft isn’t saying what is exactly counted as new feature so I’m going to guess that it’s mix between some of the new APIs and end-user functionalities. Hit the break to check the most important features:


Last Updated: August 29 2011 (latest changes are in bold or a the end of of each category)

People, Messaging, Outlook:

- Twitter, LinkedIn, Viadeo integration in the People Hub
- Groups: Organize contacts by groups which can also be pinned on the start screen
- Contact cards now include all the contacts conversation history (sms,mails,mms etc..)
- Facebook Places check-in support
- Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat integration
- Threads: All messaging communication organized in a single thread (IM+SMS/MMS)
- Threaded email conversations support
- Outlook Tasks support: via Exchange. Tasks / To-Do’s are then located in the calendar
- Facebook events integrated into the calendar
- Linked mail accounts: Multiple email accounts can be combined and linked into one inbox.
- Built-in voice-to-text/text-to-voice functionality, which will allow for hands-free texting or chatting.
- Server Search (Exchange)
- Complex (alpha-numeric) password support
- Information Rights Management support for protecting e-mails and Office documents
- Outlook Out Of Office replies support
- Visual Voice Mail: depends on carrier support
- Send Direct Message on Twitter : D Username + Message (can’t receive DM directly on the phone though)
- Share Music and Videos with Windows Live Messenger (PC to Phone)

Bing:

- Bing Vision: barcode (US only), covers (US Only),DVD/CD/BR scanning (US Only), QR Code ,MS Tags and OCR text translation
- Bing Audio / Music Search; Shazam like audio search
- Bing Local Scout: Around me business locator
- Bing Quick Cards: Product/Media information, reviews
- Bing Maps: Indoor Maps (US Only) (Video demo)
- Bing Search: Image search results
- Bing Search: Extras / App Connect
- Bing Maps: Turn-by-Turn navigation Voice guidance
- Bing Maps: Submit correction for POIs to Microsoft directly from the handset
- Color dithering applied to Bing Daily image

Office Hub:

- Skydrive and Office 365 documents syncing. (PDF supported but Adobe PDF app required to view them)
- Share Skydrive hosted content over email, SMS and chat (Messenger / Facebook)
- Excel Mobile now supports Sum function
- Microsoft Lync support via downloadable application
- Music and Video Streaming from Skydrive via the browser.

Pictures Hub:

- Direct access to the camera roll
- People / Groups photo gallery (Skydrive and Facebook syncing)
- People tagging in the photos (Skydrive and Facebook syncing)
- Photo Auto-Fix: Automatically improves sharpness, brightness etc..
- Picture Hub Tile is now animated
- Video sharing via MMS and Email
- Video uploads to Facebook and Skydrive (upload is done in the background)
- Stream videos hosted on Skydrive.

Music & Video:

- Zune SmartDJ Mix support
- Artist picture now displays on lock screen when music is played
- UI change of the media controls on the lock screen
- Re-located playback controls
- Re-located Shuffle / Repeat controls
- Ability to re-size video aspect-ratio during playback
- Single music track repeat without having to pin it on the start screen
- Podcast downloads / Subscriptions (US only)
- Open / Play media content by voice
- Improved artist images
- Improved History and New
- Better data management for Zune Pass subscribers: shows current data consumption
- Ability to create music playlists directly on the phone
- Improved color dithering in the video player
- Ability to scrub/seek in videos via the timeline

Marketplace:

- Revamped Marketplace UI and search
- New categories

Camera:

- Disable/Enable Shutter sound
- UI changes (new icons + added arrow icon on the lower left of the viewfinder to indicate camera roll)
- Settings are now saved when the Camera application is closed
- Smoother 720P video recording
- Touch Focus Touch the screen to trigger the camera shutter
- Front Facing camera support

Xbox / Games hub:

- Re-designed games hub
- 3D Avatar
- Avatar customization is now integrated in the Hub
- Friends and achievement now integrated in the hub
- In-Game purchase API
- Improved game request notifications
- Improved Spotlight content
- Improved Xbox LIVE messaging
- Edit your profile
- Improved Spotlight Content

IE9 Mobile:

- Hardware accelerate HTML5 rendering
- Support for HTML5 video playback (through the native media player) and Background Audio Streaming
- Geolocation
- New JavaScript Engine and support for CSS3
- New UI with URL bar at the bottom of the screen
- URL Bar and UI now available in landscape
- Color dithering is now enabled in the browser and Browser control

Other OS changes:

- Third party applications Multi-Tasking and fast application switching
- User configurable time-out lock-screen password
- Battery Saver: Enabling this feature will allow the phone to automatically disable power consuming services and applications running in the background.
- Hardware search button will now always access Bing Search. A search Icon is now added in the native apps to search in them.
- Ringtone manager
- Search icon and Jumplist added to the application list
- 16 new languages supported
- East-Asian hand-written recognition
- New on screen Keyboard with support for new languages and emoticons
- New Live tiles (can have content displayed on the front and back)
- Live Tasks and Background agents
- App Connect: Deep linking into third party applications. A specific application feature can also be pinned on the start screen
- Hidden WiFi network support
- Optional 32bit color support for Silverlight applications
- Silverlight 4 support with all of its 1500+ APIs
- Silverlight + XNA support in the same application
- Raw Camera feed access
- New Sensor API (Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer)
- New Listbox control with improved scrolling performances
- New WebBrowser control uses IE9 rendering engine
- Clipboard API
- Hardware accelerated video decoding in the Mediaplayer control
- TCP/IP Sockets support
- SQL Compact 4.0 engine Embedded Database
- Background file transfer
- Generational Garbage Collector
- NEON/SIMD support for XNA applications
- Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 SoCs support
- XNA games are no longer limited to 30fps (info)
- Phone shutdown confirmation: long press on the power button and then slide down the screen to shutdown
- Wifi Hot-Spot support. Carrier depended.


For more information on Mango you can checkout my hands on preview here, some of the new features in action here and more info on the APIs and speed improvements here and here. finally my first impression with the Beta 2 here.

  • SGuest

    Hi, is the playback slider available? As in to drag and skip scenes in video or music, instead of only REW and FF.

    Also, is the volume level differentiated for phone multimedia, alarm volume, in-call volume, etc?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Nope still no wide to scrub/seek trough a video/audio using the slide.
    Don’t know yet about the rest (forgot to try it dunring my hands on :-( ) .

  • http://twitter.com/ilguider Ian Guider

    What about full landscape support? Hopefully they’re not done adding new features, they still have a couple months until release. Now they need better advertising. Take Windows 7 off the air (everyone has it by now) and focus solely on Windows Phone.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    I didn’t notice any changes in landscape support in the build I tried (other than in IE9 Mobile). Then again maybe Mango will act differently in some cases depending on the hardware configuration (with / without sliding vertical keyboard).

    Yes marketing is still horrible..

  • http://www.twitter.com/dotcarbon dotCARBON

    I’m betting that Microsoft is splitting most of your points into several for their PR thing (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, and Viadeo are counted as separate features)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yeah, I’m wouldn’t be surprised if this is how things are counted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theaperture Pete Bennett

    Could you confirm whether it’s possible to have custom ring tones and/or alarm/text tones?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yes, you can have your own ringtones (in addition to those provided by MS) if that’s what you are asking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theaperture Pete Bennett

    Excellent.  Thanks for the comprehensive write up.  I thought WP7 was a great phone OS, but this update is really fantastic.  Can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    How does this work? wp7 has a way of managing this custom ringtones or must be 3rd party apps doing it?

  • Anonymous

    - “- Settings are now saved when the Camera application is closed”. Is this true? Have you seen it?
    Does it save always or there is a settings option?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Good Question. It hasn’t been shown yet but I would guess that it will be done via the Zune desktop software. There’s also a new ringtone API that will allow third party applications to inject ringtones into the device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theaperture Pete Bennett

    Apparently, there’s a “ringtone manager”, so I assume that’s a new part of the OS (most probably in the Settings)

  • Magnus Blomberg

    Does this work with alert sounds as well?

  • Anonymous

    More functionalities revealed, as video upload to facebook… and others…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0om8V03LkdI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WERWFXQqgZo&feature=related

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Nice catch. I wasn’t allowed to try the Bing Vision automatic tratranslation feature so it’s nice to see that somebody manged to capture it on video!

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I saw at MIX11. The new API will allow third party applications to load custom ringtones on your device. Did not see anything regarding native support. FYI, we all have a folder labeled My DocumentsMy Ringtones on our devices today. Drop a WMA or MP3 file into that folder and you have a custom ringtone (I have several). Problem is right now you can’t access that folder unless you are unlocked. So the 3P developers will not have to do very much.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yes, it’s just saved automatically.

  • http://twitter.com/Xplorer_7 Lukas Greb

    That´s the only bad thing in Mango -.-
    Now I always have to remember/look in which mode the camera is…
    But at least it always saves videos in 720p then…

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Well that’s still better than what we have now. At least I won’t have to enable anti-shake and disable the flash every time I want to take a picture :)

  • http://twitter.com/Zoomicon George Birbilis

    Can you zoom in/out while capturing video?

  • Jett

    Do you have a windows file manager that can access the folders and the internal SD card. SD card should not be sync with the main memory and should be hot swappable. What is happening here now?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Nope there’s no such thing yet. You can only sync documents via the cloud (Skydrive, Office 365, Email and Sharepoint)

  • http://twitter.com/Xplorer_7 Lukas Greb

    I don´t have an anti-shake option on my mozart, so there´s nothing to anoy me^^
    Is it Samsung exclusive?

  • Jcftiama

    can you still sync your windows 6.5 sms to Skydrive and restore it if needed?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Unfortunately that’s not possible yet.

  • Reedotorpedo

    Will there be more accent colors for the tiles?? old ones are getting boring…

  • http://twitter.com/Xplorer_7 Lukas Greb

    Yes slider is available(where supported). I don´t know what “where supported” means.
    You can regulate the in-call colume since day one. Just call somebody and hit one of the volume buttons and a scale from 0-10 appears, instead of the 0-30 for the phone volume.

  • http://twitter.com/Xplorer_7 Lukas Greb

    I don´t have an anti-shake option on my mozart, so there´s nothing to anoy me^^
    Is it Samsung exclusive?

  • Reedotorpedo

    ??

  • Reedotorpedo

    come on you answered everyone elses questions…

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Sorry?no new accent colors in the build I saw in May. only change is that the color Orange has been renamed Mango.

  • jeffkl

    In the first section of the article it states that “Outlook Tasks Support” is a new Mango feature under “People, messaging, outlook.”  Does anyone have confirmation of this or know the source?  I contacted some professionals who wrote reviews of the Mango Pre-view and none responded that they found this feature.  I’m trying to see if this feature actually appears and especially if it will sync with an exchange server like the feature that used to be available in WP 6.x

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Outlook Tasks are supported (syncing) only via an Exchange account and theyshow up in the caleandar under the new “To-Do” pan. See second video here: http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2011/05/27/windows-phone-7-mango-bing-vision-ocr-text-translation-video/ (it’s around 2:45)

    Cheers

  • Ttheum

    what about voice texting for place, navigation or friend, i did not see in mango

  • Anonymous

    What about a ‘plain text’ option for email?

    Replying to Facebook notifications via WP7 email doesn’t work properly :( .  

  • Excelkmc

    will you be able to load Mango on any Windows Phone 7 original release? I have so to speak “7.0″ but would like to upgradfe to 7.5 aka Mango… is that doable?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Every Windows Phone 7 handset will receive the Mango update :)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    plain text = Non HTML display of emails?

  • Daniel Muñoz

    Playback slider is available in video. For music, you still have to press the RW and FF button

  • Daniel Muñoz

    Playback slider is available in video. For music, you still have to press the RW and FF button

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s right.  Here’s the question I posted on ‘Microsoft Answers’ forum back in Feb:  http://bit.ly/qS1cbV

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    I’m looking forward to Mango, but I have to admit I’m not thrilled about all the features they’re removing. There’s no reason for it. Mango should add features, but it certainly shouldn’t take them away. And definitely shouldn’t take away some as expected and obvious as a Forward option in the web browser!

    I’ve started a list of features removed in Mango, feel free to add any others that you discover:
    1. Forward in IE9 (Back via hardware button remains)
    2. Find on Page in IE9
    3. Ability to save Office documents in 97/2000/XP/2003 format.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yeah I just realized the lack of forward navigation in IE 9 yesterday and find in page too. What a f@cking pain! Seriously :-(

  • Bexmax

    Hi there!

    I received official Mango Update two days ago.
    Messenger chat integration looks so cool, but I see that FACEBOOK chat does’nt actually work properly. The chat-texts sent from the phone are recieved be recipient as a message and stored in “massages”, instead of appearing under the chating tab. So I guess there’s something wrong with this.

  • Bexmax

    Ringtone editor is not included also :-s…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Magnus-Blomberg/100001844644877 Magnus Blomberg

    Well, no editor, but if you download a mp3/wma file from internet to your computer. There are plenty of freeware to edit the audio file. Change genre to ringtone and sync it to you phone, at it will appear as a ringtone. The file must be less than 40sec, less than 1MB (I think), and without any protection.

  • Bexmax

    Wow! It worked perfectly!

    Thanks a lot man!

  • LoyalSoldier4now

    Works for phone calls and alarms only.  Does not work for Text notifications or generic sounds.

  • bele

    after all these updates… it’s still shitty OS. you can’t save your contact’s phone number to SIM card, you can’t send or receive files through BT, you can’t use normal mp3 file for ringtone. you can’t use any custom ringtone for new sms, everything is abnormally expensive etc etc. sorry but it is shitty OS and i will never understand why all this limitations for such common things. and how can they expect for example to have many users if they have such limitations? i mean for example some inexperienced user would definitively have to be at least for two hours by his computer just to have a custom ringtone on his cell phone.