At the company’s annual developer show, Microsoft has finally showed off a detailed demo of the Mango software update, which will be coming to Windows Phone 7 later this year. The update will follow the recent NoDo update and bring a slew of new features to the burgeoning platform.
Chief among Mango’s new features is Multi-tasking, which will allow for instant swapping between apps, as well as native support for music players from both the browser and apps – finally allowing for apps such as Spotify to continue playing tracks in the background.
Microsoft has also tweaked the way WP7 handsets deal with apps, making scrolling a lot smoother and cutting down on the amount of memory being used by around a third for each. There will also be improved searching throughout the phone – most notable in the Marketplace, where search results will be returned in categorised lists. The app list screen to the right of the main tile page will also be altered to allow users to search for apps, as opposed to aimlessly scrolling through an endless list.
That’s the major differences to the software covered, but it’s not all the news; Microsoft also showcased a WP7 version of Angry Birds, revealing that the Ornithological treat will be arriving on the platform on May 20th.
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