Additional Windows Phone 7.5 features leaked on Sunday.
Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk from the Windows Phone Dev Podcast revealed some new features from “Mango” on Sunday. Mango, known to be Windows Phone 7.5, will include Bing Audio/Video, SMS dictation, podcast support and turn-by-turn navigation and more. Here’s the latest new features:
Windows Live Messenger, Facebook Chat and AOL messenger integration
Microsoft will integrate Windows Live Messenger, Facebook Chat and AOL instant messenger into the messaging hub of Windows Phone 7.5. The people hub will show Windows Phone 7.5 users which services they are currently logged into. Microsoft is expected to auto-sense the best connection and service to send messages. The software giant is also including “group” messaging to allow users to create a set of contacts to send messages to.
Office Hub improvements
Integrated SkyDrive and Office 365 will be included in Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft is rumored to be building support for editing documents with Internet Explorer 9 mobile.
Settings changes and Xbox LIVE improvements
Microsoft is building in artist art on the lockscreen that is customisable for users. The lockscreen will display album art when a song is playing. Microsoft is also building in greater Xbox LIVE support. Microsoft is rumored to be building a Sync option for users to sync games and their settings over its cloud network. The software giant is also expected to create special Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver versions for Windows Phone users.
The podcast also unveiled that Visual Voicemail support is coming and will use the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP), the same as Android and iOS. Microsoft is also building better battery management that will include a new battery setting menu item. Microsoft is also building in better Network Awareness features for Wi-Fi hotspots. The software giant is building Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) which is currently part of Windows 7. The feature allows the operating system to collect network connectivity information and filter networks to pick the best one for certain tasks.
Microsoft 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” is currently in the beta stages at Microsoft, built as 7.1 currently. 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.
“Mango” currently contains multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 mobile and Twitter integration. Microsoft unveiled a number of key developer enhancements at its MIX11 conference earlier this month. Developers will have access to the Motion Sensor library and the camera, enabling augmented reality experiences. Phone integration has also been greatly improved for developers wanting to do more with their apps. The Live Tiles functionality has been expanded to give developers more flexibility and engage with their customers better. Microsoft is also planning to expand on developer opportunities for Windows Phone. The company will expand its Marketplace to 35 countries soon.
Microsoft will preview its new consumer Windows Phone 7.5 features on May 24.