Watch Out Apple, Google: Windows Phone’s Next Big Update Is An Absolute Home Run

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Windows Phone Mango is incredibly beautiful

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Windows Phone is getting a giant update coming this fall called “Mango.”We can’t wait.

Mango has some truly inspired features that integrate social networks into every aspect of the phone, as well as many others.

We got our hands on the beta version of Mango a bit early, and we’re going to prove that Windows Phone isn’t dead.

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title=”Mango plugs into Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. There’s my most recent tweet. If you tap yourself, you can see your notifications and post status updates.”
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title=”The “what’s new” screen is a news feed from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You can always pick one at a time, however.”
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title=”Mango has built in support for real-time Facebook chatting, even inside your SMS texting window.”
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title=”Boom, there it is. When Mango comes out, you’ll be able to send a text from “send text to” to “send” all via your voice.”
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title=”One cool new feature is called App Shortcuts. Do a web search, and any relevant apps will pop up. If you search for a specific movie, there will be a link straight into the IMDB app.”
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title=”Office is excellent on Mango. There’s integration with the brand new Office 365 and Microsoft’s cloud service SkyDrive.”
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title=”OK, so what’s missing?”
content=”One word: apps.

Windows Phone Mango is a stellar platform that integrates social features far better than Android or iPhone (even in iOS 5), but can’t really succeed until developers get on board and build apps for it.

Most importantly, Mango looks fresh and focuses on people. It’s the only mobile operating system besides WebOS to put such a tremendous emphasis on communicating with others, which is what phones are for, right?

Windows Phone has finally caught up to the big boys.

Oh, and Microsoft–for Pete’s sake let us take screenshots on the thing. Also, convince the nation’s largest carrier to sell more Windows Phones.”
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title=”Now that you’ve seen Mango…”
content=”Check out our huge walkthrough of iOS 5, hitting your iPhone in a month >
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