Previews have begun worldwide of the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The “Mango” release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall.
You can get the tools from developer tools for Windows Phone.
Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango deliver the top features you have asked for:
- Background processing
- New profiler and emulator for testing
- Use of Silverlight + XNA together
- Silverlight 4
- IE9 web browser control
- Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally
- Deep linking into apps from notifications and Live Tiles
- Additional sensors; direct camera access, compass & gyro
- Fast application switching
- Networking / sockets for communications
- Local SQL database for structured storage
- Access to calendar and contacts for apps
With Mango you can create a new apps and games that appeal to consumers by further extending the popular Windows Phone design system. Mango also helps apps remain engaged with the customer and contextually relevant through integration with the Bing Search, Pictures and Music & Video experiences, as well as added functionality for the Live Tiles that live on the Start screen.
For more details, see Developer News: Beta Mango Tools Available Today.
In addition, new markets open up with Windows Phone Marketplace expanding from 16 to 35 countries where both app submission and app purchase are supported locally.
Getting Started on Windows Phone Development
Whether you’re a new or existing Windows Phone developer, now is the perfect time to take the next step and be what’s next in mobile. The checklist is simple:
- Register on App Hub at http://create.msdn.com
- Start a Windows Phone project and get ready for Mango with the new Beta Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1
- Sign up for free technical and marketing support for your Windows Phone application on Microsoft Platform Ready.
For More Information
For more information about the announcement, see Windows Phone Newsroom. Includes a link to videos that highlight the latest features.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation