There has been a fair bit of speculation about exactly when the next major update to Windows Phone 7, Mango, would be arriving.
We reported last week on the rumour that Mango would have already ripened and arrived by now, but of course, that didn’t turn out to be the case.
But it seems that Microsoft is on track with its upgrade, which will turn Windows Phone into version 7.5, and the always-planned schedule of an October release.
Official confirmation has come from Brandon Watson’s Twitter account, the guy responsible for the “developer experience team” for WP7, that Mango will be rolling out inside two weeks, possibly one. Pretty much imminently, in other words.
He tweeted: “Boom…no more rumors. Mango to start rolling out on #windowsphone in just a week or two.”
So there you have it. Eric Hautala, General Manager of Customer Experience Engineering, repeated this on the Windows Phone blog, and also cautioned against rushing to install early bootleg updates of 7.5.
He wrote: “During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone – and apps – work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5.”
“Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.”
The Mango update brings some 500 new features including deeper social network integration, a central inbox for multiple email accounts, and personalised Live tiles for group contacts.
The on-time arrival of the update also means Nokia’s new WP7 handsets will be on schedule for an autumn release. This is the move Microsoft is hoping will revitalise its new mobile OS, which has thus far floundered and actually seen a decrease in smartphone market share for the company.