Microsoft announced that the next version of the Windows Phone operating system, code-named Mango, has been delivered to manufacturers, which can begin testing it on their handsets. The move is one of the final steps before the software arrives on new phones and is delivered to existing users as a software update. The update brings multitasking and a complete overhaul of the built-in Internet Explorer Web browser.
Microsoft unveiled Mango promising it will be available free to existing Windows Phone 7 customers and will ship on new phones from Samsung, LG and HTC and new partners Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE. Mango is the first major system software update to hit Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. When Mango-powered phones hit stores they’ll likely be facing competition from a new iPhone from Apple and the latest versions of handsets running Google’s Android software
Windows Phone corporate vice president Terry Myerson said:
“This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations”.