“Mango,” Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone 7 bring up to date, will be coming this fall, but Microsoft likely will roll out Mango tools for developers later this month, the company declared today.
The early squash of Mango tools will allow developers to create building applications for this new mobile OS version, according to a Microsoft blog, translated from Spanish. Likely the new software development kit (SDK) for Mango will be announced at a press event planned for May 24, as noted by veteran Microsoft author Mary-Jo Foley. Brandon Watson, head of the developer ecosystem for Windows Phone 7, also will describe the Mango SDK during a keynote talk at Microsoft Tech-Days United Kingdom, scheduled for May 25 in London, according to this blog post.
Microsoft is saying that there will be “more than 1,500 new developer tools” in Mango. The expansions to come take in enhanced multitasking, improved memory efficiency and a SQL CE database, according to the Spanish language blog. The database can be used to “query the data within applications” and can be used with motion sensor and camera functions, according to that blog.
In March, Microsoft released the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 at its open source CodePlex site. This toolkit is intended to help developers tap Internet cloud-based services when building their applications. It includes Visual Studio 2010 templates and class libraries.
Microsoft has previous explained that the Mango update will add Internet Explorer 9, access to Windows Live SkyDrive cloud-based storage and incorporation with Twitter. The IE 9 on Windows Phone 7 will be capable of tapping into the hardware hurrying capabilities in the device, which might be used for some HTML 5-based graphics capabilities.
Some new features expected in Mango, which also is being referred to as “Windows Phone 7.5,” were attributed to a podcast in which Watson was discussioned, which can be accessed here. A Liveside.net report claimed that the new features include “Bing Vision, Bing Audio, Turn-by-turn Bing Maps navigation,” along with “SMS Dictation.” Watson denied saying that in a Twitter post, and it appears from listening to the podcast that he is correct. However, the hosts of the podcast do discuss these features. They speculated that Bing Audio may let users search for music by using their phone to listen to a song. Bing Vision might be a search service using the phone’s camera and optical character reading technology, the hosts claimed.
Liveside.net also points to a Windows Live Messenger feature to come in the Mango release. That information was attributed to a Chinese developer, rather than through Microsoft.
Some Windows Phone 7 users are still waiting for Microsoft’s first “NoDo” update. Customers have had problems receiving it. In addition, Microsoft had an initial update before NoDo that was intended to help users get Windows Phone updates. That revise too had difficulty getting to many Windows Phone 7 users. Microsoft has explained some of the problems receiving updates out to customers as due to the need to work with both hardware partners and service providers, which have dissimilar update release schedules.
Microsoft additionally had Windows Phone Marketplace issues earlier this month that disallowed customer downloads of applications. However, Microsoft says that problem has since been resolved.