imageSeveral new features for Windows Phone ‘Mango’ have been announced at Tech•Ed this week for Windows Phone users. The team highlighted a number of new capabilities designed to help you stay productive on the go, including the ability to save and share Office documents through Office 365 and Windows Live SkyDrive.

The new capabilities will be available in the next version of Windows Phone—codenamed "Mango”, slated for release later this year.

During the TechEd keynote Microsoft showed a range of additional capabilities in Mango that will help you reach a new level of productivity.

These include:

  • Pinnable email folders: Pin a folder to the start screen for quick access. This could be an email folder for a specific project, from a specific group or person (like your boss), or an RSS feed you’ve set up in Outlook.
  • Threaded email, coming in the next version of Windows Phone, makes it even easeir to keep track of who said what.Conversation view in email: Emails in your inbox are organized by conversation, bringing replies to a thread into a consolidated view so it’s faster and easier to stay on top of the conversation.
  • Server search: Search your email server (e.g. Exchange Server) for older emails no longer stored on your phone, giving you ready access to all of your mail.
  • Lync: Lync Mobile brings the Lync experience to Windows Phone customers by delivering Unified Communications capabilities, including instant messaging and the ability to see the presence of your co-workers. The Lync app will be a free download from Windows Phone Marketplace and will be enabled with support from your business organization.

Mango also includes new capabilities for IT. With new features such as complex (alpha-numeric) password support, Information Rights Management support for protecting e-mails and Office documents, and support for access to hidden corporate Wi-Fi networks, your IT organization can stay on top of its game—providing you access to information you need while meeting corporate requirements.

To learn more about the IT capabilities of Windows Phone, see the Windows Phone for IT Pros blog.

For more information about the Windows Phone announcement, see Productivity takes a big step forward in Mango.

About TechEd

The 19th annual Microsoft Tech·Ed North America conference provides developers and IT professionals the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be-released suite of products, solutions and services.

Our four day event at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia offers hands-on learning, deep product exploration and opportunities to connect with industry and Microsoft experts one-to-one.

See the TechEd keynote and developer sessions during the week at http://northamerica.msteched.com/default.aspx

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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