Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" Coming in 2011, HTML5 and Silverlight Added
Windows Phone 7 is obviously missing a few key features, and Microsoft has promised that a set of updates is coming soon, but new information indicates that a set of major updates are scheduled for the next couple years.
Microsoft has promised updates such as copy-and-paste features would come fairly soon after launch, but according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, source for all things Microsoft, there will continue to be major feature updates over the course of 2011.
Foley's sources say a major update (codenamed "Mango") is scheduled for August or September of 2011, and this update will be so big that it basically constitutes Windows Phone version 7.5.
Mango will add some major media functionality with HTML5 and Silverlight compatibility. That alone would make the Windows Phone 7 Web browsing experience much more complete. Foley also suggests that the update will add more enterprise functionality as Microsoft tries to make the platform appeal to businesses.
To be clear, all of this information does not concern the next complete iteration of the Windows Phone platform. Windows Phone 8 is codenamed "Apollo" at Microsoft and is not scheduled to launch until late 2012. Mango, on the other hand will go a long way to making Windows Phone 7 more competitive against Android and iPhone .
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