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Difference Between Windows Phone 7 and Mango (WP 7.1)

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Windows Phone 7, a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft for smart phones, is the successor of the Microsoft’s Windows mobile platform. Unlike Windows mobile platform, which focused on enterprise market, Windows Phone 7 focuses on consumer market. The new user interface with its design language called Metro is a new features offered by Windows Phone 7. Mango (Windows Phone 7.1) is a major software update for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft organized a preview of the Mango update on May 24, 2011 in New York and London.

Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft. This was officially unveiled in February, 2010. Important feature in Windows Phone 7 is the new user interface, which is based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 design system Metro. Home screen of the UI is built with live tiles that are linked to applications, features and other items including contacts and media items. Also, an on-screen virtual keyboard is provided for inputting text. This includes features like spell checking and word prediction. The web browser in Windows Phone 7 is the Internet Explorer Mobile. The browser can support up to six tabs in parallel. The browser also allows saving pictures on web pages, sharing web pages via emails among other features. Microsoft also claims that they would update the Windows Phone 7 web browser independent of the operating system. When it comes to multimedia, Windows Phone 7 provides an application called Zune, which provides entertainment as well as facilities to synchronize phone and PC. Additionally, Windows Phone 7 provides two separate hubs for music and video. These hubs play music/ video, podcasts and allow the users to buy or rent music through Zune Marketplace. Picture hub allows the user to view the Facebook and Windows Live photo albums with the photos taken by the camera.

Mango (Windows Phone 7.1)

As mentioned earlier, Mango is a major software update for Windows Phone 7. Mango update is intended to expand the features of Windows Phone 7 and attract more users. New features provided by Mango include Bing Audio, Bing Vision, Turn-by-Turn navigation and SMS Dictation. In addition to these features Mango adds Bing image search and the Windows Live Messenger is integrated in to People hub, where it will provide the ability to send instant messages directly to people in the contact list.

Difference between Windows Phone 7 and Mango

Windows Phone 7 is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft targeting smart phones, while Mango is a major update to the Windows Phone 7 which was unveiled on May 24, 2011. Windows Phone 7 includes a new user interface with live tiles, on-screen virtual key board, Internet Explorer 9 Mobile web browser and Zune application to work with multimedia. Mango adds new features like Bing Audio, Bing Vision and Bing image search and Windows Live Messenger functionalities to Windows Phone 7. Mango expands the features of Windows Phone 7 by around 500 new features to attract more users. The prime among them are the new Communication features, App features and Internet features.

Windows ‘Mango’ Preview

New Features of Windows Mango (WP 7.1)

Communication Features of Windows Mango (WP 7.1)

App Features of Windows Phone Mango (WP 7.1)

Internet Features of Windows Phone Mango (WP 7.1)


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