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The next version of Windows Phone is getting faster, opening up and - Microsoft has promised - won't suck your battery dry. Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled changes in the version of Windows Phone codenamed Mango that will crack open the operating system so devs can finally work with smart-phones' camera data, compass and gyro …


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  1. ceebee

    yes but....

    Nice to hear..but given the mess that is winphone7 upgrades I think we can almost guarantee that current winphones will have to wait for months after Mango's release to get the update if at all.

    1. Monty Burns

      or your could wait.....

      months on Android (unless you get it from XDA) or up to a year for IOS so I see your po..... oh wait, no, don't get where your going?

      1. copsewood

        @Monty No need to wait

        If the version of Android or IOS you are using or thinking of purchasing already does all of these things which are currently vapourware for WinPhone7 such as multitasking and giving device/contacts etc. access to 3rd party applications, I don't see that upgrading your phone is that important, so long as the stable version you have can be bug and security fixed to the extent it will continue to do what it was advertised to do when you bought it.

        Microsoft still haven't announced when I will be able to start developing applications for their phones using GNU Public License source code which works fine on Android. For the small size of the market WinPhone represents, it's not realistic for me to rewrite the components of the source code which I didn't write myself in order to comply with Microsoft's userspace code licensing restrictions.

        Those who are really determined to run the latest Android on their phones for as long as possible without having to upgrade the hardware can either get a Nexus or are likely to be willing to root their devices to achieve this.

        1. Monty Burns

          @copsewood.... where are you going?

          The point is not about what it can/cannot do, the point is how long the upgrades take once announced.

          1. Manu T

            re: @copsewood.... where are you going?

            And even more importantly.

            Won't this upgrade brick my (samsung) phone?

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          RE: can either get a Nexus

 if these are so affordable outside the US!

          As for Rooting a device. This is not a consumers-kinda thing, insn't it?

          The weird thing is that I've already seen, most of the things mentioned here, in Windows Mobile. So what's all the fuzz about? Microsoft re-inventing the wheel and suddenly everybody sits up and listen. Lemmings!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Do you actually own one?

      My Omina that I have on Three got the update 2 weeks after the official release. Hardly months...

      We will see.

    3. Flybert

      if at all

      more like certainly not .. the hardware specs to pull these features off aren't in the current phones

      which is why hardware specs not mentioned

    4. Anonymous Coward
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      I'd have to say "What mess?" there was a problem on 10% of one model of one manufacturer's WP7 phones for one update. MS then - rightly - decided to slow down the roll out of the next update, just in case. This is good customer service, it's not really causing anyone any problems. I've got a HTC Trophy and while it isn't the best phone in the world, both updates were smooth and it is functional and feature rich.

      1. Ammaross Danan


        "he hardware specs to pull these features off aren't in the current phones"

        So, if the hardware specs are not on current phones....then why was the alpha build of Mango being demoed on a "current" HTC phone?

        1. Little Poppet

          They were using Old Hardware


          The were also using an Asus prototype aswell - which was seen last summer - so yeah, Mango works fine on existing WP7 handsets.

          Not bad really, as Android, with higher specs, can't even compete with the performance we've seen on the Mango-work-in-progress phones.

    5. Anonymous Coward


      Actually, it's less than a month since MS officially released the NoDo update and most phones have it now... Ok, not as fast as Apple, but my god, kilometres ahead of the train-wreck that is Android.

      I'm guessing you're an Apple Fan boy.


    6. Anonymous Coward

      A 'mess'?????????

      Very melodramatic. :)

      I really don't think it was that bad.

      1. stim


        i have an omnia 7 on t-mobile but i'm still waiting for any update to arrive - anyone else on t-mobile and had updates?

        1. DocWilson

          Flashing is the answer

          I was fed up of waiting as of last Friday and flashed the ROM to a stock SAMSUNG one - there's a thread on XDA Developers about it.

  2. Ilgaz

    So it didn't have sockets?

    Wow, just wow. You ship a smartphone OS without number 1 function IM apps, 3rd party "push" mail apps or even games require.

    I was wondering why popular iM app guys were saying "plain impossible", I thought it was Silverlight they had to convert their perfectly working C code. It turns out, it wasn't just silverlight.

    Not trolling, really shocked. Also the battery issues existed while there wasn't something like "whatsapp" running 24/7. I wonder what will happen when it has sockets and if they convince popular app developers to code for their silverlight shell.

  3. Quidam


    Hopefully, the next release of W7 phones will be MUCH, MUCH better....

    I have a HTC HD7 (and it's now sitting in a draw), and it's the worst phone I've had in a long time...HTC has taken a great bit of kit and killed it with W7 (I wish I could buy anothe HTC HD2 with Win 6.5) it's back to the HTC Desire HD for me

  4. Neil 7

    35 countries? Wow, that's just incredible!

    So much better than the 100+ countries you can build apps for now with Symbian!

    Seriously, what a load of bollox. The more you hear the more you have to wonder what Nokia were thinking when they binned the platform they had (an ever increasing 5m downloads a day from Ovi Store) to go with these tools from Redmond, starting from scratch and now with zero platform ownership.

    Honestly, who gives a rats arse what Nokia say or do anymore, and particularly anything to do with WP7? They've lost all credibility with their developers, and many of their current customers. They're even managing to louse up their WP7 strategy by backtracking on Symbian now that they know they've farked it all up.

    It's a horrible mess, but it couldn't happen to a nicer pair of companies.

    1. stim


      Quidam - seriously?! i find that VERY hard to believe - what do you find that the phone 'doesn't do' that you need so badly - or where do you think it fails? i know everyone goes on about copy and paste a lot, but in reality, how often do you need/use this?

      would be interesting to know your thoughts in detail...

      1. Monty Burns

        lol - sersiously?

        Now there is a man who jumped on the bandwagon without pausing for thought. If you had waited a couple of months you could have kept you HD2, put a 32gig SD card in it and run WP7 FASTER than a HD7 ......

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          RE: lol - sersiously?

          They can still be bought. At ridiculously high prices (today still around 500 euro). ( 499 euro taxes included)

          This is an awful lot for a yesteryear's device that can't hold it's breath for one day :-(

          In fact even iPhone 3GS is becoming cheaper than the HD2.(same PDAshop 3Gs 475 euro taxes included). Compare that to e.g. a Nokia C7 (285 euro taxes included) or the exact same specced HTC Desire HD (459 euro taxes included) or similar HTC Desire (not S) which can be had for 365 euros vat included.

    2. Giles Jones Gold badge


      You don't need sockets if there's an API that abstracts it. I'm guessing that's what WP7 provides at the moment?

      But obviously many developers will want full control over their network layer.

      1. Ilgaz

        Apps are way more complex today

        They are telling developers to give up working code and use one thing device developers hate. Some flash like development platform.

        Device software, especially the ones sells for money aren't that basic as they may think, the competition is hard core. If one app uses 30% more battery, it eventually gets noticed by end users (they aren't morons) and thrown away, forever, taking company down with it.

        The real absurd thing is, expecting Symbian owners/developers to switch to such environment.

        ask them what happened to flash lite, wrt, python :) not like I got problem with them but somehow, people hates anything non native c code on this platform.

    3. Manu T

      told you soo..

      I told you all. In time we'de be crying back for a Windows Mobile phone.

      Sure you had to reboot it every other day. While you need this once a week on an adroid phone (huge improvement), once every 2 weeks on a symbian phone and once a month on a iPhone 3G (I've no clue how well th iPhone 4 really is or how much iOS have been improved, but I reckon multi-tasking introduces the unavoidable instability even in that platform. I guess, it'll need a reboot every 2 weeks in future revisions) .

      And it's one homescreen, especially in WM6.1, didn't look as flashy but...

      1) That one homescreen showed a lot more useful information then any smartphone today bar Nokia's (but these guys need 3 screens to display the same info that WM6.1 did on one)

      2) Very good copy and paste accompanied with excellent multitasking. In fact you had to keep switching off apps because multi-tasking was evoked standardly with ALL apps.

      3) Well implemented file manager with access to files in ROM and network shared folders on Windows and SMB-compatible systems.

      4) You could execute/stream data right from the (network) file-system which used a similar extension-mappings-list as regular windows did.

      5) centralized email and messaging application.

      6) full outlook sync (including categories, repeating events and contact-pictures). It took microsoft years to condition us to use outlook, do they really think we'll throw that behavior overboard in one cloud... euh... night.

      7) UI fully customizable with lots of third party add-ons and/or enhancements (thus more leeway for developers).

      And I could go on. In my own case I was drawn to the Samsung Omnia (1) because of it's ability to record phone-calls without beeping. 3rd party apps allowed this feature to be used automatically with every incomming and outgoing call.

      The weird thing is that the only smartphone OS capable of recording calls (even when made over bluetooth handset) is that one OS from the same era that nobody seems to like anymore.

      I predict than in 2013 a lot of us are gonna miss the old Nokia. Like some of us already start to miss WM. But at least WP7 has the ability to become WM again because it uses the same core (WinCE).

  5. Charles Manning


    These are basic features one would have expected in the first release. Does WP7 really suck that bad?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The message is ..

    don't buy a WinPhone 7 now, wait at least 6 months, and then wait for version 3.1, because the current version is crap.

    By then Nokia WinPhone7 phones will be 'real soon', so wait for those.

    In the meantime try an Android.

    Back in the day Microsoft used to win with vaporware. As soon as a competitor released a product MS would announce they will have a better one 'in a couple of months', which turned into a couple of years. When product cycles were measured in years, and PCs cost more than your car, this worked. It froze the customer's spending until they could evaluate the MS product against one already available. By that time the competition had gone broke through lack of sales.

    Now it just highlights how far behind the market Microsoft is. They'll buy an Android or an iPhone today and will see what other companies offer as shiny toys when Mango finally ships.

    1. Kerry Hoskin


      iOS wasn't fully featured on release

    2. Little Poppet

      Yes there are missing features... but

      WP7's relative deficiencies is old news.

      BUT, since they did effectively start from scratch and were brave enough to omit some 'essential' features on launch - I guess we must applaud them for their intentions to bring quality over quantity.

      Taking this into account, what WP7 does in most instances, it does it better than Android.

      1. Tom 38 Silver badge

        @Little Poppet

        Start from scratch? It's called Windows Phone *7*, which means this is their 7th iteration at trying to make a smart phone interface. They're getting there, I suppose..

        1. Anonymous Coward


          They binned Windows Mobile and started from scratch. They realised that Windows Mobile was not a great experience and threw it away.

          1. Tom 38 Silver badge

            @Neil Weller

            <sarcasm>Really? I hadn't thought of that.</sarcasm>

            So, although their previous 6 versions were absolute pap*, WinPho 7 will eventually be awesome, and it's not yet because they only just wrote it. Ok, makes perfect sense, we've just got to give them more time.

            * 6.5 wasn't all that bad, although I'd count that as distinct from 6.

        2. Little Poppet

          You silly


          Do people not notice what MS appear to be doing.

          It's clear by what they're doing with WP7 , XBox, .live and Windows.

          i.e. attempting to integrate all of their key products.

          So initially, when they decided to start from scratch rather than continue with Windows mobile, people questioned why was it called a Windows phone - as it bears no relation to Win Mobile nor Windows.

          BUT recently, we've been seeing early iterations of Windows 8 - and it's clear, Windows in the future will actually borrow from WP7.

          Secondly, Calling it WP7 tidily ties in with the same version number for Windows (desktop) next year. After the Mango update, the next one will obviously be WP8 - by that time, I would assume Windows 8 would be out.

          You see? Silly.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        Great logic

        You would be great in engineering/marketing, designing a new product by looking at what the competition was shipping a few years ago.

        The world moved on - Microsoft had to ship and was hopping their name (and the "7" in the product name) would fool the consumers into thinking it was a current product.

        Sounds like you bought into the fantasy.

    3. Ilgaz

      Nokia is going down and Windows Phone 7 in risk

      I am using Nokia E71 to post this message so not a Nokia hater here.

      They think Symbian or even Meego is their problem and try to fix it with Ms operating system losing the last bit of their prestige in process.

      It is not the OS, it is how company runs, how disconnected they are from users, how they don't see what part of symbian made users/developers nuts. So, as usual all bug reports get ignored, people swear at them using their real names and jump to Android.

      Nothing from Redmond can fix this and Nokia has also potential(!) to make windows phone os worse with their influence.

      Even if Apple licensed iOS to Nokia, people would still hate them. Not joking.

    4. Manu T

      RE: The message is ..

      "In the meantime try an Android."

      Sure... show me one model that can record phone-calls (both on the phone and over bluetooth attire? Especially one that's available in my country (which means NOT the ZTE Blade/Orange San francisco).

  7. Flat Phillip
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    Hopefully they'll have amazing and new features such as being able to specify a SSID when you're at a place that has a wireless AP that doesn't announce it. Even my son's ancient Nintendo DS-lite can do that piece of wonder.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      I believe this is in the NoDo update....

    2. Fuzz

      hidden SSID

      Whilst I agree that this should be a feature, what kind of an idiot hides their SSID?

      1. Hardcastle

        what kind of an "idiot" hides their SSID?

        Oh, I don't know... perhaps those Non-Idiots who want to have an extra notch of security and want to keep their networks invisible to wardrivers and freeloaders, perhaps?

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  8. amehaye

    Single core multi-tasking is nice

    But can it do multi-core multi-tasking?

  9. Christian Berger Silver badge

    OK, what about the most pressing bugs...

    Will it execute non-signed code?

    Will it finally support some sane way to transfer files? (like SSH, or FTP)

    Will it at least support replacable SD-cards?

    I don't care about "butter smooth scrolling". I want to actually do stuff with a mobile device.

    1. Little Poppet

      User Experience is Key

      You don't care about 'butter smooth scrolling'?

      Strange, it's the complete opposite to my view.

      To me, the whole user experience: how fast, slick and user friendly and intelligent the GUI is paramount. I want to actually enjoy using technology.

      Here, I think MS has studied Apple - and have in fact improved upon iOS in a lot of aspects.

      But, I suppose if you're happy with s-l-o-w, jerky and poor-man's version of iOS, then each to her own...

  10. It wasnt me
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    The headline really is: "Microsoft has admitted that the current release of Phone 7 is just a beta."

    Who would have thought ?

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    "To illustrate the importance of file download and alarms, he demoed a Quantas airlines "concept app" working with location details and clock to alert him on when it's time to check in for a flight and provide updates on flight status."

    It is Qantas!

  12. Christian Briddon
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    The Windows Phone 7 upgrades were not a mess at all. OK, so there were some issues with the Samsung phones when the very first update was released but the NODO update went without a hitch. Microsoft were staggering the upgrades so that if there was an issue they could catch it before it caused more users problems.

    I can't wait for the Mango release but I'm quite happy using my HD7 as it is while I wait.

  13. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
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    re: yes but

    Spot on.

    There is always the previous, 'apply an update and brick your WP7 phone' situation as well.

  14. Mark Jan

    Almost As Good As...

    So, the next release of Winphone will be great on battery life, offer true multi-tasking and will enable developers to work with basic items like users' contacts.

    So, apart from bricking phones when updating, almost as good as what Nokia have now then?

  15. Anonymous Coward


    '...Belfiore played a piece of music on an HTC phone running an early Mango build and had it continue playing when he navigated away to a different application...'

    Multitasking! This will change the face of computing as we know it!!!!

    OH, WAIT......

  16. Anonymous Coward

    Yo! Way to go!!!!

    "...faster ...better battery life ...won't suck...."

    Cool. Where do I sign? What's that?... WHAT?... It's bollocks you say?... but it can't be! MS says it'll be good, so surely it will be, no?

    What's that?... been trying for the last 30 years to write a decent OS and still not managed it yet?

    Mmm... And yes, I take your point about how crap your code needs to be to be able to "improve it by 30%" just like that...

    Well, I can see your point but still... THIS time it's be brilliant!!


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