Microsoft set to release Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta rom to developers tomorrow?


According whispers making the rounds in the past few days; Microsoft set to release Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta bits to MSDN / Registered Windows Phone 7 developers in the coming hours. The bits will be available for download and flashable on any unlocked Windows Phone 7 devices. Microsoft representative’s hinted at this possibility a few weeks ago but never officially confirmed that this would be done. Instead the company announced via Twitter that Mango developer devices will be sent to select developer this week.

Stay tuned for more..

Update: Just received a tip telling that it’s indeed true…
Update 2: Mary Jo Foley is also confirming this.

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New HTML5 Skydrive website launched

Microsoft Windows Live team has just the new HTML5 based Skydrive web portal today which will finally put an end to totally messed up UI and UX that was the previous iteration of the service. hitting www.skydrive.com will finally allow users to view and edit all of their uploaded content (photos, video, Office docs etc..) in on single place and the new HTML5 based website blazing fast making the whole experience much more enjoyable than before..

- We improved many core tasks and scenarios. For example, clicking folders and navigating photo albums will go from 6-9 seconds down to 100-300 milliseconds, and we took advantage of hardware accelerated graphics to make it fast to click through photo slideshows. We’ll address additional core tasks in the future.

- We focused on building a site powered by HTML5 so that we could include advancements like HTML5 Video, CSS3, and client rendered experiences, as well as making sure our slide show experience was great in all browsers without any special software.

- We evaluated and removed anything that slowed the experience down or got in the way of a fast, clean site.

- With Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7, you can pin SkyDrive to your taskbar for faster access to your files. You can create Word, Excel, or PowerPoint docs stored in the cloud in just one click.

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