At the WPC – 2011, Microsoft demoed a Samsung Windows Phone 7 running the Mango Developer Beta. Manan Kakkar grabbed this screenshot of the phone.
Now this opens up a lot of possibilities . All those rumors about Video Chatting coming to Mango seem to be true. The question however is, Will Microsoft include Skype as a separate app or will they integrate it with Messenger and XBL ? . The Possibilities are endless for Microsoft. But with the Video Calling, Looks like Microsoft is ready to give a tough fight to Apple’s Facetime feature. Let us know what you think about it in the comments section !
We already know that Nokia is on track to release its first Windows Phone mobile later this year and that they will be launching in Europe first. The Finnish giant is also gonna start a huge 6 month campaign to promote its migration to the Windows Phone platform and its overturn its public image as it (finally) leaves Symbian.
The campaign is being created by a number of ad agencies all over the world and will cost the company around£80 Million. Nokia, whose Symbian sales have lagging behind other manufacturers with better more modern OSs, is looking forward to turning the tide when its Windows Phone devices launch this Christmas.
Steve Ballmer kicked off the Imagine Cup 2011 with his keynote, praising the excellent work done by all the contestants and for showing everyone what they could do with Windows Phone.
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Things got interesting (matter of opinion) when Ballmer started talking about the Mango devices and Nokia and hinted at Mango devices being available by Christmas.
“Windows Phone. You know, a year ago we didn’t have a phone in the market. Now, we’re charging forward with Nokia. We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas, and people are starting to do things they had never imagined before. I love the applications that I saw for the Windows Phone from the people in this room, and the way you’re pushing that device, and using that device. It was really exciting for me.”
Was Ballmer hinting at a delay in the Mango release date? No. The hardware release cycle has always been much more flexible and is not directly connected to the software release date. Also the 1st generation of devices have been reported to be running Mango smoothly without any problems, so Microsoft don’t need to rush OEMs to pump out half-baked 2nd generation devices.
Rumors have been hinting at new devices (HTC Nokia Samsung
) coming soon with Mango running. The timing was not known but this sort of conforms it.