As part of the official Mango unveil today, Microsoft released a pretty flashy promo video for Windows Phone 7 that showcases some of the new features coming to the next update including but not limited to threads, groups, multitasking, IE9 and Local Scout.
It’s worth noting there are still many improvements in Mango not demonstrated in the video, including the subtle addition of “predictive phrases” to the touch keyboard (ex. “happy b” will show “happy birthday”). Voice-to-SMS and SMS-to-text is another new feature that should be an instant hit with daily driving commuters.
Even though Ballmer’s “500 new features” is most likely an exaggeration and there’s still many highly-requested features not addressed (notably, tethering), Mango is shaping up to be a fairly solid update, a release that should make much more impact on market share than the original release.
Mango is scheduled for the beginning of “fall” which in real terms should be around September. Fortunately that gives users a few weeks to enjoy it before the postponed apocalypse in October.