Mango to be known as Windows Phone 7.5

Darren Allan

April 24, 2011

The next upgrade for Windows Phone 7 is codenamed Mango, and was discussed at some length at Microsoft’s MIX11 event earlier this month.

But it won’t simply be known as Mango – in fact, with this update to the OS, Microsoft is changing the name to Windows Phone 7.5. Despite the fact that the moniker is clunky and potentially confusing to say the least.

The company announced this move on the Microsoft Partner Network (spotted by, where it wrote: “Preview the New Windows Phone OS 7.5”.

Mango, sorry, Windows Phone 7.5, will bring with it enhanced multi-tasking for fast app switching, and devs are being given access to the WP camera and motion sensor library (so get ready for some motion sensing apps).

Streamlining and expanding the reach of the Windows Phone Marketplace is also planned for this autumn, when the upgrade is expected to be unleashed.

Windows Phone 7.5 just doesn’t seem quite right as a name, though. A bit like renaming Windows 7 as Windows 7.1 after pushing out the first service pack, it doesn’t really make sense to us.


Comments in chronological order (3 comments)

  1. Matt says:

    Apple increments their ios, we are now up to 4.3. I think they have jumped to 7.5 because historically it is what they have always done, they release one major update and then a “new os”

  2. Mike Delta says:

    You annoy me to no end…you do understand that the actual name of their smartphone is JUST Windows Phone and the number that follows is ONLY the version of it, right?! HENCE, it’s the new Windows Phone…7.5

    A monkey would know better! *SHEESH*

  3. Darren Allan says:

    Yes, I do understand that Mike, but still think the name sounds a bit clumsy myself. Windows 7/Windows Phone 7 has a nice symmetry about it… besides 7.5 sounds like some kind of, I dunno, half measure.

    7.1 would have been better. Nit-picking, I know but…

    Anyway. I’ll get back to pounding on my typewriter…

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