Microsoft is all set to show off the Windows Phone 7 Mango update tomorrow and we’ll be live from the event to give you up-to-the-minute news. CEO Steve Ballmer let it slip that the update will bring 500 new features.
“We came to market about a year later than I wish we had with Windows Phone 7. Shame on us, but we’re moving forward very actively,” Ballmer said at a conference in Japan, according to Wireless Week.
So what can we expect from the latest version of the platform? Well, we’ve already got our hands on an early version and this includes third-party app multitasking, deep Twitter integration and the ability to have the SkyDrive integrated into the device. We also know that this update will boost enterprise features by including stronger server support and better e-mail features.
I’m also expecting to see a revamped Office and Xbox Live games hub and developers will be happy to know that they’ll finally get access to the live tile capability. The live tile interface of Windows Phone 7 is one of the reason we thought it was quite sexy and I can’t wait to see what developers can do with this.
Microsoft just spent $8.5 billion to buy Skype and you just know it wants to integrate that into Windows Phone 7. I think it’s way too early to see that with Mango but we may get an announcement about future integration. Many of those 500 features will likely be small but that doesn’t mean consumers won’t benefit from them.
What do you want to see from the Windows Phone 7 Mango update? Do you think there’s any chance we see some new hardware? I don’t know about you but I believe this could be a great opportunity for Nokia to capture some momentum by showing off a device, even if it’s six months away from being released.