As the world waits for Apple’s big iPhone announcement this morning, Microsoft is quietly rolling out its new version of Windows Phone to its customers.
The update, known as Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango, started rolling out last week, but yesterday Microsoft “decided to open the spigot ahead of schedule,” and 50% of all Windows Phone users will receive the update in the next couple of days. The only reason it’s not 100%, says Microsoft, is because it still needs to make sure some smaller carriers are ready for the wave.
Microsoft had severe problems rolling out an update earlier this year, but apparently they learned some lessons and the current update is going smoothly.
Mango is a strong update that brings Windows Phone on par with (and in some ways ahead of) the current iPhone and Android phones — highlight features include deep integration with social networks, app multitasking, and a music-identifying app (like Shazam), among many other things.
But Microsoft hasn’t sold many Windows Phones so far, although that could change with the addition of Nokia, which will announce its first Windows Phone model late this month.