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Mango: The latest Windows Phone 7 OS ships to manufacturers

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(Read caption) Mango, a.k.a. Windows Phone OS 7.5, is set to hit the market sometimes this fall. But a Mango development kit has already been sent out to manufacturers. Here, a giant mango, of the fruit variety.

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Mango! It has arrived. Not for most of us – that won't happen until later this year – but for the manufacturers who will be loading up the latest Windows mobile OS on their shiny new handsets. In a post on the Windows Phone blog, Microsoft exec Terry Myerson confirmed the development team had signed off on a Mango RTM kit – release to manufacturers, in geek patois – and said the OS will be officially rolled out sometime in the autumn.

"This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations," Myerson announced. "Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones."


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