WinRumors has been able to play around with a couple of Windows Phone Mango devices this week.
Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Phone operating system is slick, full of features and addresses the needs of consumers and businesses every step of the way. Microsoft has listened to its early critics and has started to respond in a big way. Mango includes over 500 features and it’s the attention to detail and settings options that make Mango a blessing for Windows Phone users.
WinRumors will be posting an in-depth Mango deep dive feature review on each of the hubs every day this week so stay tuned for your favourite feature. We’ve put together our top “secret” features that we feel are interesting additions to the platform that haven’t been covered fully in Microsoft’s previous announcements. If you’re interested in some of the broader Mango features then check-out our previous hands on with Mango.
New “Me” Tile
Microsoft has updated its me Windows Phone tile to include the ability to check-in, set IM status and check Windows Live and Facebook notifications. Facebook users will be pleased they can now see their notifications natively on the device. The Me Tile has also been updated on the Start screen to include more dynamic information: status updates,photo updates, check-ins, missed calls, new SMS, email, IM, or voicemail.
Facebook event calendar integration
Microsoft has updated Mango to allow Facebook users to respond to and view their Facebook events. Users can RSVP to event invitations, post and view comments on the event page, view the guest list and view the event details. The integration is smooth and merges well into the multi calendar Windows Phone Mango interface. Windows Phone calendar users can colour code multiple calendars and create appointments faster with quick events by typing directly into a new event within the day view. Multiple calendars are also supported on Exchange-enabled accounts.
Unified chat across Facebook, SMS and Windows Live
Microsoft’s unified messaging sets an industry standard. The new support is the way messaging should be done. The software giant has created a thread system that combines SMS, Windows Live Messenger and Facebook systems into a single messaging thread. Users can simply switch between the accounts and have messages seamlessly displayed across all accounts in one view. The integration is powerful and works extremely well. If a Windows Phone user loses signal, their Windows Live Messenger messages from the opposite party will be automatically pushed through once the user regains network connectivity.
Games Hub Xbox LIVE improvements
Microsoft has revamped its Xbox LIVE games hub. 3D avatars are in, coupled with Xbox LIVE messaging and the ability to view your friends avatars. You can also list your played games and unlocked/locked achievements. Xbox LIVE users can compared achievements and send, accept or reject friend requests. The interface also matches Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 dashboard UI, due later this year.
Bing Maps turn-by-turn navigation
Microsoft has updated its Bing Maps directions. Maps now allows you to choose directions and have the application step through the various roads by voice, turn-by-turn.
These are just a few of our favorite Windows Phone Mango features. Stay tuned for a deep dive on all Mango’s features over the coming week. Check-out the video below for some of the “secret” Windows Phone Mango features that Microsoft hasn’t detailed heavily, including some UI changes and improvements.