Microsoft juices up Windows Phone with 'Mango' update

Social media is a big component on the latest update

The Windows Phone 7.5 foursquare app features Social Explore, which lets people explore the world around them, meeting up with friends, finding places to go, or locating deals.

<i>Credit: Microsoft News Center</i>

The Windows Phone 7.5 foursquare app features Social Explore, which lets people explore the world around them, meeting up with friends, finding places to go, or locating deals.

<i>Credit: Microsoft News Center</i>

Microsoft has released version 7.5 of its Windows Phone operating system. The ‘Mango’ update is being rolled out to smartphones worldwide and is expected to reach 98 per cent of customers within four weeks.

Updates to the mobile OS include ‘threads’, which consolidates text messages, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger in one place, enabling users to switch between different media within the same conversation; ‘groups’ to categorise friends, family and co-workers so that users can send a text, email or IM to the entire group; and improved social network integration, with feeds from Facebook, Windows Live, Twitter and LinkedIn integrated into contact cards.

The update includes a Facebook ‘check-in’ feature; face detection software to allow quick and easy tagging of photos to post online; ‘local scout’ which recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in a guide; and Internet Explorer 9.

Mango "offers hundreds of new features and experiences designed to build on the phone’s intuitive, 'people-first integration'," said Microsoft Australia Windows Phone business group lead, Megan Howard.

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