In exactly a weekâ€™s time on the 24th Microsoft is holding a VIP Party to "lift the curtain on the next major release of Windows Phone".
LiveSide has collected all the confirmed and rumoured features coming to Windows Phone 7 and have come up with this list of expected announcements.
First, the confirmed features Microsoft itself announced:
- Third-party Multi-tasking
- Twitter integration in People Hub
- Office 365 and SkyDrive support in Office Hub
- Internet Explorer 9 Mobile
- Improved application discovery
- Custom ringtones support
- Over-the-air Podcasts Download
- Better marketplace navigation
- Bing Search "Extras"
- Multiple Live Tiles per app
- Revamped Games Hub
- Expanded language support
- Configurable background services
- Pinnable email folders and conversation view
- Microsoft Lync Mobile app
- 1500+ New APIs (Motion Sensor, Gyro, Sockets, Database and more)
- Private and Beta Marketplace and Parental Controls
- Exchange Server email search, enhanced security and information rights management, and support for hidden WiFi networks
Next, the leaked features, which may not actually exist:
- Bing Vision and Bing Audio
- Turn-by-turn Navigation
- SMS Dictation
- Built-in Messenger and Facebook Chat in Messaging and People Hub
- Automatic Games Sync via Xbox LIVE
- Group Messaging
- Artist Art on Lock Screen
- Smart DJ Mix support
- Camera shutter sound toggle
- Built-in Facebook check-in and video upload support
- Visual Voicemail
The list is pretty large, making Mango more Windows Phone 8 than 7.5.
Is there any feature which are our readers favourites? Let us know below.
Also read more at LiveSide.net, where the features are listed with screen shots also.