Microsoft launches Mango mobile OS

Thomas K. Thomas New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Mr Bhaskar Pramanik (right), Chairman of Microsoft India, and Mr Vikas Arora, Group Director (Operator Channel), at the launch of the Windows Phone in the Capital on Wednesday. Photo: Kamal Narang


Microsoft on Wednesday announced the latest version of its Windows Phone operating system for India — Windows Phone 7.5 version. Also known as Mango, it is supposed to be a major update for Windows-based phones.

The company also announced the release of HTC Radar smartphone based on the new operating system for Rs 23,990.

Earlier, Samsung had launched Omnia W smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update on October 3 in India.

Announcing the launch of Windows Phone in India, Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said: “We have looked at the consumer experience in an absolutely fresh way, and the end result is an operating system that is stylish, innovative, and one that seamlessly integrates the most sought after user experiences such as search, gaming, email and social networks across Bing, Office, Xbox LIVE, Facebook, Twitter and more.’’

The conventional application icons have been replaced by Live Tiles on the Windows Phone start screen. The Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer wants, for applications, websites and music.

The phone comes preloaded with Xbox LIVE and mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint for working on the go. These can synchronised back to SkyDrive, Office 365 or SharePoint sites.


*Threads. Switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger. Group contacts into personalised Live Tiles.

*Social network integration. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds integrated. Windows Phone includes built-in Facebook check-ins and face detection software.

*Linked Inbox. Consumers can see multiple email accounts in one linked inbox.

*Hands-free messaging. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

*App Connect. By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.

*Multitasking. Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background while helping to preserve battery life and performance.

*My Windows Phone. All Windows Phones come with the ability to use any web browser to log in to and locate your lost phone on a map, have it sound the ringer, lock it, or wipe it.

*Bing. Use Bing to get answers or to find an address or get directions. You can also search with your voice or take a photo to get results with Vision search.

*Calendar. Meeting invitations arrive in your Outlook inbox with schedule conflicts highlighted. You can view multiple calendars from your Exchange Server, Facebook, Windows Live and web email in one view.

Published on October 12, 2011

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