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Microsoft Mango: Will it Make Windows Phones the Best Smartphones?

Microsoft have just previewed details surrounding the new Windows Phone under the code-name Mango, promising to deliver a whopping 500 new features. The ‘Mango’ release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and promises to revolutionise the way that we use Apps, social media and the internet on our smartphones.

As you’d expect the smartphone update does tie customers more and more into Microsoft and Windows related products.

Some of the ways in which it promises to do this includes the introduction of threads, which switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.

You will also be able to create groups – turning contacts into personalised Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Start Screen. There is also deeper social network integration taking place, too, with Twitter and LinkedIn feeds integrated into contact cards. Automatic Facebook check-ins and face detection software will also mean that users can quickly tag photos on Facebook, too.

And if you like feeling as though you are using some James Bond style gadgetry, the new Mango update includes hands-free messaging and built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice functions for hands-free texting or chatting.

Microsoft Mango Windows Phones

All Windows phones include Internet Explorer, but Mango phones will also include additional features such as location awareness that Microsoft claim will lead to an online experience that is more ‘localized, actionable and relevant’.

The Mango update includes Internet Explorer 9 and support for HTML 5, as well as what Microsoft are calling ‘Local Scout’, which is essentially local search – great when you are out and about and looking for the nearest local restaurant, relevant shop or cinema.

And what search engine do Windows phones use? Yep, you guessed right, Bing of course. Mango phones will include Bing search, which includes Bing Vision, Music Search and Voice, promising to make searching easier.

“Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more,” said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft.

“With ‘Mango,’ Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort.”

Microsoft is set to start shipping Windows phones with Mango from autumn. Exact dates for each country will be released nearer the time.