Microsoft announced on Wednesday an early preview program to Windows Phone Mango.
The software giant announced the preview program in a blog post on Wednesday. Registered developers will get invites to a Microsoft Connect site which will provide access to the Mango beta bits. “This build of Mango should also be viewed as beta quality,” warned Microsoft’s Brandon Watson. “There are still consumer features missing, but you can now start building apps and testing them against retail devices.”
Microsoft also provided a beta 2 version of the Mango Windows Phone Developer Tools on Wednesday. The bits are required for developers to update their retail devices to Mango. DreamSpark members will also get the opportunity to win one of 50 developer phones with Mango. Microsoft will judge entries submitted using a Sketchflow mock-up of potential applications. The following countries will get access to the beta bits over the next “couple of weeks”:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States
Microsoft is encouraging developers to test their applications against new functionality like fast app resume, updated Live Tiles, Motion Sensor, Live Agents, sockets, background audio or raw camera access. The software giant also wants Windows Phone Developers to be proud they have Mango. “Go rub it in your friends’ faces that you have Mango and they don’t,” said Watson.