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Windows Phone 7 is adding 100 new apps a day and some other stats

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Windows Phone 7 is adding 100 new apps a day and some other stats

Will Nokia launch its Windows Phone smartphones in Singapore on June 21? [Update]

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Will Nokia launch its Windows Phone smartphones in Singapore on June 21? [Update]

Microsoft creating web-based Windows Phone Marketplace for Mango

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Microsoft creating web-based Windows Phone Marketplace for Mango

Microsoft’s senior director of the Windows Phone Marketplace, Todd Brix, has announced that Microsoft will launch a new web-based Windows Phone Marketplace for Mango phones. Brix explained that customers will be able to read reviews, view screen shots, and even promote applications on social networks. Purchases can be made with any credit card associated with your Windows Live ID, and you can choose to download the applications over-the-air to your phone. We’ve seen similar interfaces before: Google’s http://market.android.com website already allows Android users to install apps over the air, search for new apps, and more. The Windows Phone Marketplace web store is expected to launch in tandem with Mango, which Microsoft has confirmed will happen this fall.

Microsoft Windows Phone Mango hands-on

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Microsoft Windows Phone Mango hands-on

Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ update to land this fall

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Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ update to land this fall

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its forthcoming major update to its Windows Phone platform Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango.” We gave you live coverage of the event as well a hands-on look at the update, and now that the dust has cleared we can finally sit down and collect ourselves. In short, Mango looks awesome. We’ve seen plenty of promise in the Windows Phone platform right from the start, but we also thought Microsoft rushed the OS to market understandably and a lot of key features and functionality were missing as a result. Mango goes a very, very long way in bringing the emerging platform up to date, and Microsoft has named HTC, LG, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu Limited, ZTE Corporation and of course Nokia as partners moving forward. Windows Phone 7.1 will be the launch platform for upcoming Windows Phones from Nokia, by the way, and Microsoft confirmed that Nokia has already built devices running Windows Phone 7.1 that are currently being tested in its labs. Mango will add more robust multitasking support, messaging threads, deeper social integration, a unified email inbox, voice-to-text and text-to-voice support, and about 500 other enhancements to the Windows Phone platform when it launches this fall. Hit the break for Microsoft’s full press release along with a video of some of the new features Mango will bring to the Windows Phone platform.

Joe Belfiore demos Windows Phone Mango [Video]

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Joe Belfiore demos Windows Phone Mango [Video]

Microsoft may reveal nine new Windows Phones tomorrow

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Microsoft may reveal nine new Windows Phones tomorrow

Microsoft will reveal nine new Windows Phone handsets during its Windows Phone “Mango” press conference on Tuesday morning, according to WMPoweruser. Samsung is expected to have the lion’s share of devices with four new models, HTC and Acer are both expected to launch two, and Dell will supposedly reveal one. Reportedly, Samsung’s Windows Phones will bear some resemblance to its Galaxy S II device, and we’re hoping the phones are equipped with Samsung’s stunning Super AMOLED Plus displays, too. The new devices will hit the market in time for the holiday season according to the report, but no launch details are expected during the announcements. We’ll be reporting live from the press conference tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m., so stay tuned for more.

Ballmer: Windows Phone ‘Mango’ release to deliver more than 500 new features

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Ballmer: Windows Phone ‘Mango’ release to deliver more than 500 new features

Speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum, Microsoft’s CEO confirmed that the next Windows Phone update, codenamed Mango, will add “over 500 new features” to the mobile operating system. The Redmond based company has an event scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th in New York City, during which it will unveil the new update (again) and discuss its features in greater detail. Earlier this month we heard rumors that the update will deliver Bing Audio, Bing Vision, turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps, a new native podcast player, speech recognition, and more. We’ll be reporting live on the update tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Hit the jump for a quick video clip of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussing Mango.

Microsoft details Windows Phone ‘Mango’ business features

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Microsoft details Windows Phone ‘Mango’ business features

Paul Bryan, Microsoft’s senior director of business experiences product management for Windows Phone, has written a blog post that details Windows Phone Mango’s business productivity features. The update, which will be discussed in deeper detail during a press conference in New York City on May 24th, will include pinnable email folders for quick access from the homescreen, conversation view in email, server search, and a new Lync application for business chat users. Bryan also said there will be added capabilities for IT departments, including complex password support, information rights management support, and the ability to access hidden corporate Wi-Fi networks. “This week, we expect to exceed 16,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace,” Bryan added. We’ll be reporting live from Microsoft’s press conference on the 24th.

Microsoft acquires Skype for $8.5 billion [Update]

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Microsoft acquires Skype for $8.5 billion [Update]

Microsoft to unveil ‘next major release of Windows Phone’ on May 24th

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Microsoft to unveil ‘next major release of Windows Phone’ on May 24th

Microsoft slips: ‘Mango’ update will be Windows Phone 7.5

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Microsoft slips: ‘Mango’ update will be Windows Phone 7.5

It looks as though Microsoft has accidentally confirmed that its next major Windows Phone update, dubbed Mango, will bring the mobile operating system up to version number 7.5. The information comes courtesy of the Redmond company’s website, which prompts developers to “Preview the Next Windows Phone OS 7.5.” Mango is expected to launch in late-fall of this year and was originally thought to be Windows Phone 7.1. The update will bring with it true multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, and an integrated Twitter experience among other things. Microsoft has yet to issue an official statement on how the operating system’s version number schema will progress.

Windows Phone trounces iPhone 4, Android in browser benchmark test [video]

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Windows Phone trounces iPhone 4, Android in browser benchmark test [video]

During Microsoft’s MIX conference in Las Vegas, Windows Phone director Joe Belfiore took the stage to demonstrate how well Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 mobile browser can render HTML5 websites. He fired up a device running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone “Mango” update with IE9 installed and hardware acceleration, and then started an HTML5 speed test pitting the Mango device against the iPhone 4 and the Google Nexus S. Belfiore was so confident in the new browser that he gave the iPhone 4 a head start. Nonetheless, IE9 loaded the demo faster and came out on top, having displayed the test at 20 frames per second. It was followed by the Android browser on the Nexus S, which rendered the same demo at 11 frames per second, and then the iPhone 4 at 2 frames per second. This wasn’t exactly an independent test given that it was preformed by Microsoft and likely under optimal conditions, but we are definitely still impressed with what we’ve seen so far let’s just hope the update to Mango goes a bit smoother than NoDo. Hit the jump for the video comparison.

Microsoft Windows Phone ‘Mango’ details emerge, available this fall

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Microsoft Windows Phone ‘Mango’ details emerge, available this fall

AllThingsD had a chance to sit down with Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore to discuss the new Windows Phone 7 “Mango” update, which the Redmond-based firm is discussing during the MIX 11 conference in Las Vegas today. Belfiore confirmed that Mango will offer a new browsing experience using Internet Explorer 9, and noted that it will have integrated Twitter features. Similarly, Mango will allow users to run multiple programs at the same time complete with background audio support. That means you could theoretically stream music from Slacker Radio while firing off an email. Microsoft will also allow developers to tap into a phone’s gyroscope and camera, which it hopes will help spur more augmented reality applications. Speaking of apps, Belfiore confirmed that Layar, Skype, Spotify, and Angry Birds, are on their way to the Windows Marketplace. Belfiore confirmed that Mango will launch this fall.

Nokia W7 and W8 said to be Nokia’s first Windows Phones

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Nokia W7 and W8 said to be Nokia’s first Windows Phones

According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, a man whose been known as a Nokia seer of sorts over the years, Nokia will make its Windows Phone debut with two new devices, the W7 and the W8. Reportedly, the W7 is being used inside Nokia as a test device and will hit the market first. Rumor has it the W7 will have a hardware design that’s relatively similar to the Nokia X7 that was announced earlier this week. We’d be pumped about that, given that the X7 sports a 4-inch AMOLED screen and is made of stainless steel and glass. Nokia’s second Windows Phone device could be the W8, which Murtazin says will resemble the Nokia N8 another device with a top notch industrial design. While we’ve heard that Nokia’s first Windows Phone will land in 2012, the wait should be worth it Murtazin claims that the Finnish phone maker already has a dozen Windows Phones slated to launch next year.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro successor spied

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro successor spied

Leaked photos from China reveal what appears to be the successor to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 mini pro smartphone. The new device, currently named the SK17i codenamed Mango reportedly runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A full slide-out QWERTY keyboard is present, as is typical with Sony Ericsson’s “pro” devices, and it doesn’t look like the user interface has been tweaked a whole lot at least, from what we can tell in the images. A camera with a single LED flash is also present, although it’s unclear if there’s a front-facing camera, too. The Sk17i doesn’t seem to sport any exciting hardware, so we hope Sony Ericsson has some surprises in store.

Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ update possibly spotted on film [video]

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Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ update possibly spotted on film [video]

This feels like a bit of a stretch to us, but Windows Phone Secrets believes it caught a glimpse of Microsoft’s upcoming “Mango” update for Windows Phone 7. During a YouTube user’s NoDo update walkthrough video, right around the 2:48 mark, the cameraman pans his shooter to a second Windows Phone 7 smartphone for just a few seconds. Oddly enough, that smartphone has a feature we’ve never seen before in current builds of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Inside the main menu, there’s a search button clearly visible. Is this Mango? We’re not sure, but we do know that it’s an option that’s not currently available in the latest NoDo update. That hints that Microsoft either has another minor update up its sleeves, or that this is a feature due out in the bigger Mango update. Microsoft is expected to launch Mango later this year, and it should deliver Internet Explorer 9 along with the Trident 5 rendering engine, HTML 5 and Silverlight, and gesture support to Windows Phone users. A release date is not yet known. Hit the link for the video.

Microsoft begins rollout of ‘NoDo’ update for Windows Phone 7

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Microsoft begins rollout of ‘NoDo’ update for Windows Phone 7