Windows Phone 7.1 or the Mango update has now gone official from Microsoft. There have been a number of rumors flying around on what the update has to offer, but now we know for certain what it brings to the table.
First of all, the update will be rolled out to all Windows handsets. This means that smartphones such as the Samsung Omnia 7, the Dell Venue Pro, the LG Optimus 7, the HTC 7 Pro, the HTC 7 Mozart, and many more will all get the update. This will be a slap on the face to the Android and iOS platforms, since they do not roll out their latest iterations to older devices.
Another feature you should expect is an overhauled Bing search. It now includes audio, visual, and voice search options.
The third significant enhancement is LinkedIn and Twitter integration. This was missing in the past version.
The fourth thing you should know about Mango is its September release date.
Another enhancement includes text, IM, and FB chats integrated into conversation threads. Whatever form of communication is used, you can manage it all in threads.
The fifth thing you should know is that the platform now supports multi-tasking. This will now attract more app developers to the Windows Phone 7.1.
The Platform’s Live Tiles can now show information in real-time without having to access the app itself. This is a great enhancement to the platforms most innovative feature.
The seventh thing you should know about the Mango update is contact group tiles. This will allow users to pin groups of contacts on a tile and do anything from email, text, or call at a touch.
The last thing you should know is all about app development. Microsoft has released its software development kit to developers. This is the reason why the Windows Phone Marketplace increased its amount of apps by 1,200 apps in a span of five days.