Microsoft to detail future Windows Phone roadmaps in May

By Tom Warren, on 9th Mar 11 3:26 pm with 17 Comments

Microsoft is planning to share further details on Mango and the future of Windows Phone in May, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant is currently hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. Microsoft has promised to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango”, the codename for what will likely be named Windows Phone 7.5, is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft. The company revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.

WinRumors understands that the company plans to share a future roadmap for Windows Phone during May. Microsoft will hold a special developers day on May 25 in London where it plans to share further details on the future of Windows Phone and “Mango”. Microsoft is describing the event as a peek at the future and what lies ahead for Windows Phone. “As well as new capabilities, we’ll examine any changes to the tools and SDK and explore what opportunities these might create,” says Microsoft. “At this stage we’re unable to elaborate any further but expect it to be a day packed-full of inspiring information.”

“Mango” currently contains multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 mobile and Twitter integration. Microsoft’s unveiling in Mobile World Congress ties up some of the unknowns with “Mango” but only scrapes the surface of what the release will contain. The emergence of a special developers day confirms that Microsoft plans to share a lot more information on future Windows Phone plans in May. WinRumors spoke to Achim Berg, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Marketing, at Mobile World Congress and he confirmed that the forthcoming changes are part of a platform release. Berg confirmed that the company is currently working on when and how they will unveil more information about “Mango”. Microsoft will unveil further information about the Internet Explorer 9 mobile component at MIX11 in April but Berg says the company will also offer more tid bits after that. Berg hinted that this could be around the May time-frame and that Microsoft didn’t want to unveil too much too soon in case “competitors copied us”.

Microsoft is planning to mark Windows Phone 7′s first birthday with a platform release to upgrade functionality and re-brand the platform to a point release (think Windows Phone 7.5). Berg refused to confirm the final branding at Mobile World Congress, but did suggest that the changes are big enough to warrant a new release and point increment. Although Microsoft is still working on the release, codenamed “Mango”, the software giant is expected to brand it as Windows Phone 7.5 as an interim before the platform is aligned neatly into Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

  • Manish

    Everything is good and well told. But quickness is needed because Android is growing as weed.

  • Stephen James

    “Microsoft is planning to mark Windows Phone 7′s first birthday with a platform release to upgrade functionality and re-brand the platform”

    Re-brand the platform?

    • Tom W

      I’ve clarified that a bit more. It’s a re-brand to Windows Phone 7.5, a point release.

    • Anonymous

      They are rebranding it from WP7 to just WP.

  • Tom Servo

    “Herp derp derp derp!” is all I hear.

  • Ef Jay

    So roadmap in May for features that will come when? 2012, 2013 or the typical MS “coming soon”? Lets hope this time they are more specific as to when new updates will be delivered, dont know why it seems everyone but Microsoft can see they cant keep moving at this slow pace. Neither the competition nor consumers are going to hang around while MS takes their sweet time to bring WP7 up to speed.

  • Anonymous

    What do you mean when you say “platform release”?

    • Tom W

      As in a major platform update, rather than a minor update. A platform release big enough to warrant a point increment…

  • GP007

    If they’re going to talk about Mango at this May event then I guess MIX in April won’t have as much WP news as we expected?

  • GP007

    One more thing, I don’t think Nokia is the only OEM waiting for 7.5 before they release new devices, the lack of any news of new phones seems to make me think that MS is going for a more apple like release of new devices with major updates. If so we won’t see new HTC,LG or Samsung phones till 7.5 is ready either.

  • Guest

    At this rate, I wonder if they will have even gotten Nodo out by then.

  • iWantMyWP7onVZW

    I am getting so very tired of MS coming out with wonderful new products and just dropping the ball … ALL THE TIME. My account is on VZW and due for renewal in June. I am seriously thinking of kicking MS out of my life and going Google all the way if nothing happens by then!
    Also, get rid of Ballmer … seriously! He’s blaming everyone else for MS’ failures or delays. Maybe he should look in the mirror. Time for fresh blood!

    • Carlos

      “I am getting so very tired of MS coming out with wonderful new products and just dropping the ball … ALL THE TIME. ”


      It’s so bad that with pretty much every new product, one just wonders how they’ll mess it up.

    • Michael Schaeffers

      What is messed up about every new product? Windows 7 has been great. Visual studio 2010 has been wonderful. I’ve had my windows phone for about 4 months now and it’s been great.

  • Anonymous

    I really wish they would not begin incrementing the marketed version number by point amounts. Normal consumers (outside of the tech world and Silicon Valley) don’t think of the iPhone in terms of iOS version. They don’t say “I have an iPhone running iOS 4.0.” vs. “I have an iPhone running iOS 4.3.” They just have an iPhone. Likewise, Microsoft should just have a Windows Phone. I can even live with it if they continued using “Windows Phone 7.” But I really hope they don’t Androidize it or start appending Microsoftian suffixes, else by 2012 we will have “Windows Phone Business Edition Update 3 with Service Pack 2.”

  • martins

    I dont know why i’m taking Microsoft’s delays personal..may be its because i’m an early adopter..I’ve learnt my lessons.

  • Anonymous

    Bullshit !