Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told attendees of the Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum Monday that the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed “Mango” will contain approximately 500 new features.
Ballmer did not go into details but rumours pointed out that Mango will actually be Windows Phone 7.5 and include at least a handful of new features, such as Internet Explorer 9, better Office integration, multitasking, and Twitter support in the People Hub.
It will have the ability to save and share Office documents through Office 365 and Windows Live SkyDrive. Other new features include the ability to pin email folders to the home screen for faster access, view emails in threaded(conversational style), search the email server for emails no longer stored on the device and access Lync Mobile.
Windows Phone 7(WP7) was first introduced in February 2010, officially launched worldwide in October 2010. A minor feature update was scheduled in January 2011 but was then delayed until March. The Mango update is scheduled to arrive sometime later this year.
Microsoft is set to announce some “updates” on Windows Phone 7 at a scheduled event at New York(US) within the next 48 hours.