Steve Ballmer was speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011 and on his run through of all things Microsoft, the subject of Windows Phone naturally cropped up. What he actually spoke about was the upcoming iteration of Windows Phone, version 7.5 aka “Mango”.
Ballmer promised two very exciting things. Firstly, that Mango will be bringing over 500 new features to the platform. This isn’t to say each one will be as useful an addition as cut, copy, paste, but like all big OS’s, there are a lot of tweaks that can be made, so lets hope for the better. Secondly, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets will be arriving later this year in Japan.
Tomorrow, there’s an all Mango event where Microsoft will reveal a host of OEMs and carriers and with this, rumor has it that we will get to see a lineup of around 9 new devices from an array of different names, including Samsung and HTC. For the developers out there, the Mango development tools will be available by the end of the week too.
I’m sure we’ll be back tomorrow to find out what secrets Ballmer and the rest of the Microsoft team divulge, so until then here’s a video snippet of Ballmer talking about the overall potential of Windows Phone and more specifically, Mango (be aware, you might need to up your volume).