It was just a couple of days ago that Microsoft started pushing Mango Beta along with the Windows Phone Developer Tools to as many as developers of 23 countries worldwide.Though earlier the release was under NDA(Non Disclosure Agreement) So that the features and other things should be kept under the wraps and shouldn’t go public.
But now just hours after the release of the Mango Beta and Dev Tools,Microsoft updated the NDA and now it allows the developers to share with the users and the windows phone enthusiasts screenshots and features of this Pre Release.
So as the NDA gets updated,the developers around the world who already have Mango up and running on their devices starts sharing their thought and reveal the features of Mango.
To Start of with this Revelation and Expression of Features none other than the man himself Long Zheng From the famous Chevron WP7 team.
Here’s the Summary of Long Zheng’s First Impression on this Mango Release
Hits of Mango (Beta Release)
- Speech recognition:improved to support calling, texting, Bing search
- Improvements in Bing Maps showing local search listing with basic information.
- Several New Features Discovered:
- Bing Local Scout
- Bing Maps directions (with tap-by-tap voice guidance including street names)
- Bing Local search
- Bing Vision works only for text, QR codes and Microsoft Tag.
- Speech-to-text and text-to-speech text messaging
Misses of Mango(Beta Release)
- As listed above the Bing Vision doesn’t work withbooks, CDs or DVDs.
- Bing Maps Local Listing Doesn’t show Reviews.
- While Bing Music Search and Bing Quick Cards Missing from the update.
We can expect the Final Release which is expected to be released in September will address some of the missing features in the list above,apart from those few misses this Mango release looks quite power packed with a lots of improvements in features.
Watch this space for more bits on Mango and its Features.
[P.S:- Long Zhengs WP7 device was set to system region as English (United Kingdom) and search region set to English (Australia)]