Windows Phone “Mango” Is Done

Windows Phone LogoOr, more correctly, it has been release to manufacturing (RTM’d) – ie the development team have signed off the final build and that build is now in the hands of handset manufacturers and mobile operators.

The final build number is 7720 (those of you running the beta build are running 7661). We’re still waiting on news as to how developers can get early access to the final build for testing purposes. Stay tuned for more info.

Terry listed some of his favourite Mango features. If it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for me. Here are a few of mine:

  • Email “conversation view”. I’m so used to it in Outlook that being without it was like having one arm tied behind your back
  • Not having to enter my PIN code *every* time I wake the phone. We have a company-wide PIN lock policy enforced when you sync with our Exchange server. On Windows Phone 7 that means entering the PIN every you go beyond the lock screen. On Mango, there’s a timeout period during which you don’t have to re-enter the PIN. This one small change has a big impact on “user friendliness”.
  • App installation is much more intuitive – you see the download progress “in situ”
  • Marketplace search delivers separate results for apps and music
  • IE9 of course


And that’s just end user features – there’s even more in there from a developer’s perspective.

What are your favourite features?