A few weeks ago we heard that Windows Phone 7 was getting a massive update this January, but it’s looking more like a minor one than what it was made out to be. The sources apparently labeled the upcoming update as one that could have had Microsoft calling it “Windows Phone 8.” It was a nice hyperbole, but far distorted from reality. Perhaps the biggest thing coming might be copy and paste. However, more plausible news on a big update – entitled “Mango” – has surfaced recently and it could be coming in the late summer or early fall next year.
Just how big is it? ZDNet reports:
The Mango update is supposedly bigger than the January and/or February update, according to my sources. Mango is more like a Windows Phone OS 7.5 — and may even be named that when it debuts.
I’d prefer that the name stays, although given Microsoft’s history it’s plausible that the name OS might be labeled 7.5. In it, there will be HTML5 support along with Microsoft’s Silverlight runtime, according to the rumor. Word is that there may even be more enterprise functionality within the new update, though details are scant and limited.
A second update coming later in 2012 will also add “enhanced developer controls for applications, access to programming interfaces that will allow for greater multi-tasking, in-app downloads and better customization.”
There is no official word from Microsoft regarding this updates, as we already know, but it seems that it isn’t going to comment on these rumors either, which is to be expected for now.
2011 is shaping up to be a decent year for Microsoft as it pushes Windows Phone 7 into further development and it finds itself on new handsets. We’re also expecting to see a number of tablet PCs or slates from the company next month during CES.