Windows Phone 7: Mango Release Date Update – 2011 or 2012?

By Alan Ng - Mar 8, 2011

Yesterday we informed you that Microsoft were still having problems rolling out their first Windows Phone 7 software update to select handsets, but now we have further worries for you to consider, as it has been reported that the expected ‘Mango’ update may not release until 2012.

Yes, you heard it correctly – 2012. It seems pretty crazy to think that this could happen, but according to Windows IT Pro’s sources, Microsoft won’t have the Mango update finalized until the end of the year, even stating that an update before the end of the year is ‘impossible’.

At MWC 2011, Microsoft only commited to a ‘later in 2011 release for the Mango update, and it’s a pretty big update too, adding support for multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 and Twitter Integration.

There is definitely going to be an uproar though if this doesn’t release in 2011, how do Windows Phone 7 owners feel about not getting these basic features until 2012 – its surely not good enough.

Hopefully Microsoft will step in this week and clear up the confusion surrounding their future software updates. It definitely isn’t a smooth time at the moment, we feel for you WP7 owners.

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  • Blank

    I have a WP7 HTC 7HD, I find myself saying to myself Hummmm OK I CANT do that with this phone more than anything, you can’t do anything with this phone really, No native Windows 7 integration at all unless you use Zune software which is jest as bad or beta feeling to use as is GFWL, WHS 2011, and others just plain terrible software all-round, I’m going to wait for the 7.5 update and give that a try, if it is as poor as everything else I’m going to RE-flash my Win 7.5 phone with Android OS 🙂

  • Peter Andersson

    Its not like it doesn’t work like it is i love my WP7 and yes im a fan boy but whats so bad about it in its current state? sure it could be better but at least we will get our update….

  • 2012? Fucken Microsoft! I have to wait till 2012 to get my features that should have been available on the phone straight out the box? What an embarrassment for us WP users, even crapy, cheap Cricket Android phones can do most of the stuff that we are waiting on.

  • kevin

    It took iphone 8 years for multitasking!!!

    • Grahame Horner

      and look at the poor performance of the iphone as a result; surely it's better to get the basic features of a phone (the foundations) rock steady first then build upon these making sure along the way the UI is easy to use and slick.

      I for one as a developer would love the mango release ASAP; however not at the expence of stability or performance.

  • san
  • mike

    got to find a moron ready to buy my optimus7..after second update my handset will be 2 years old heheh bravo microsoft..anyone? brand new lg optimus 7 for 250eur..not a scratch on it..i gave 439 eur for this piece of crap

  • Obiwan

    Mango will ship this Fall as an update for current devices and pre-installed on the many new WP7 devices from Nokia, Sony, ASUS and others that will ship in time for the Holiday season. Keep the faith Skywalker!

  • Iggy

    Quote from article: "how do Windows Phone 7 owners feel about not getting these basic features until 2012 – its surely not good enough"

    Even worse, is how do potential phone buyers feel when they hear about the fiasco of Windows Phone 7, and how Microsoft struggles to add the most basic of functions to it.

    No phone buyers are going to want to put themselves through the pain of Windows Phone 7.

    • microsoftistheworld

      Xda has already leak official nodo update featuring copy and paste,faster performance and more. Its basically fast on updates unless if u own an Omnia. Stop saying things when u didn't try the os yet!