Redmond, Wash. - The availability of smartphones based on the
version of the Windows Phone OS came a step closer to reality with the finalization of Mango's release-to-manufacturing (RTM) build, the company announced.
RTM is the code that handset makers and carriers get to optimize Mango for specific phones and networks.
Microsoft is now working on Mango updates for current Windows Phone smartphones, and those will be ready in the fall, said Terry Myerson, corporate VP for Windows Phone engineering. On new phones, Mango will be preinstalled, he added. The new phones will be available in the fall, the company previously announced.
Companies committed to offering Mango include Acer, Fujitsu, Nokia and ZTE. They'll join current Windows Phone suppliers Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung.
Microsoft unveiled Mango in May and promoted the update as offering hundreds of new features while improving the web browsing experience. The improvements include Internet Explorer 9, support for HTML5 websites, and app multitasking, enabling users to work on email while listening to music and popping into Words By Post games when it's their turn to play, Myerson said. Mango also connects apps to search results and integrates more deeply within such OS Hubs as music, video and pictures. Mango's threads feature brings together text, instant messaging and Facebook chats into one conversation, he added.