Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) update includes the ability to stream music from its online cloud service.
The software giant issued a beta build of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to developers earlier this week. The build includes support for MP3 streaming from SkyDrive. Manan Kakkar discovered the feature in the latest build and has demonstrated it in a video (see below). The feature will allow SkyDrive users to store their music in the cloud and stream it using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser.
Microsoft’s support for streaming music could be an early entry into an upcoming cloud battle. Apple and Google both provide similar cloud services and all three companies are expected to compete strongly in this market. Microsoft is expected to deliver a final copy of Windows Phone 7.5 in September, around the same time that Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone 5 device and iOS 5 software. Microsoft’s cloud battle with Google in the enterprise is already underway but its consumer piece is a big part of the company winning over customers for its new multi device Metro user interface. Game on.