What to expect on the Mango announcement

24th

In exactly a week’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.