Today, in New York City, Andy Lees announced the next major release of Windows Phone, previously codenamed “Mango”, to the world.
We’re excited to release the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta and would encourage mobile developers to download and experience what is possible with the upcoming Windows Phone OS 7.1 release.
Below are some of the new capabilities we are announcing today:
Communications: Easier to connect and share: The smartphone experience can be complicated by a sea of disconnected apps and accounts as people attempt to keep pace with all the ways they communicate – from calls, texts, email and IM to status updates, Tweets, check-ins, photo posting and tagging. To help people stay on top of that growing complexity, the Windows Phone 7.1 release organizes information around the person or group people want to interact with, not the app they have to use.
A smarter approach to Apps Windows Phone will challenge the way people think about apps. Today their usefulness is measured by what can be done within the app, but we see the promise of apps in how they can be integrated directly into the core experiences of the phone. In addition to making it easier to get timely notifications and updates from apps right from the Start Screen, the Windows Phone 7.1 release will also surface apps as part of search results and within Windows Phone Hubs. As a result, a useful app is more likely to be right there when you need it.
Internet beyond the browser In addition to including Internet Explorer, the Windows Phone 7.1 release will connect the power of the Web to the unique capabilities of your phone, such as location awareness, camera and access to apps, to present a new way of viewing the Web that is more localized, actionable and relevant.
In this release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, developers will find the following enhancements: