So the rollout of Windows Phone 7.5 – Mango – has started and I was one of the lucky ones who got access to it yesterday. Its a staged roll out and you can check here but it basically says delivering update for all operators in the UK. The official Windows Phone blog has all the info on process etc so worth checking there if you have any questions.
I plugged in my phone (HTC Mozart) to the PC and loaded Zune and the update started almost immediately. As there are 2 updates, Windows Phone 7.5 and an HTC update which happen sequentially, the whole process took about an hour but everything was preserved and worked seamlessly.
There’s a whole list here of all the new updates but I thought I’d share a couple of the ones I have found most interesting so far.
New speech commands – I spend 90 minutes in the car every day so this is a great benefit for me BUT I need to spend a bit more time setting it up BEFORE I get in the car to make more efficient use of it
Posting to Social Networks – simple - On Start, tap Me, and then tap Post a message. Now to Facebook, Windows Live, LinkedIn and twitter. You can do all but as a guideline that’s not good practise. It was good before but its fantastic now.
History view. Contact cards now show the history of your recent calls, emails, texts, and chats with the person. Just tap in the list to return the call or go to the thread. I have used this a lot already and I think will be used by a lot of people.
The device was always quite quick but my initial impressions are is performance is better as well.
The one thing I miss (and its only one extra “touch”) is folders has gone down a level in email and I used to use this a lot.
So initial impressions are fantastic and we are getting lots of positive feedback so if you have a Windows Phone – tell me what your Mango favourite feature is and if you don’t have one – why not ?