Ballmer states Mango will contain 500 new features

Heading up a presentation in Japan at Microsoft Developer Forum 2011, Steve Ballmer was covering numerous topics including the acquisition of Skype (opens in new tab). While discussing this year's Mango update, he set the feature count at 500. We were able to have a good insight as to what a good number of those features will be with MIX (opens in new tab), but it's exciting to know that there are a plethora of promised additions to the platform that still need to be covered.

At the VIP Mango event (opens in new tab) tomorrow, it will be a busy day for the OS with Steve talking about OEMs and carriers as well as further detail surrounding 7.5. Microsoft is also looking to release their Mango developer tools some time soon. You can check out the entire Developer Forum session here, move the video slider to 29 minutes in and you'll witness WP7 goodness.

Via: Nanapho. Thanks tezawaly for the heads up!

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  • Wow 500 seems steep. Sheesh, is there 500 feature in the phone currently?
  • I'm sure they are also counting the little things u can't see like security updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, API's and ect
  • No, they are not Apple.
  • I don't think bug fixes count as "features."
  • They also will announce that Mango will be available in July! :)
  • Ummm...don't you think it's an equally big deal that they are rumored to be showing up to 10 new WP7 devices tomorrow? How could you leave that part out of a story like this one?? I'm certainly looking forward to OS updates, but more hardware with an already great OS (getting better quickly) would be wonderful.
  • 10 new devices?! I've been holding out on replacing my ailing LG Panther with a Quantum (I really don't want one though) so I really hope they show off a device with a keyboard.
  • Like this one?HTC Prime
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  • As long as we have custom ringtones!!! :)
  • That is definitely something I am looking for. These default ringtons....suck, to say the least.
  • I wonder how they are going to implement this update...I don't see why they had to do one huge update instead of just gradually implementing these features
  • Amen! Hopefully it'll work out for the best. :|
  • All I really want is... -True USB device support (with out Zune installed to carry files PC to PC) -Outlook sync (for people who use non-exchange features of outlook or Pop3 email) -Wi-Fi tethering (a MUST)-a Remote desktop app (RDC for us Wintel Admins- A MUST)-file access with out having to unlock a phone(part of USB device and to copy, music, documents, etc to phone and use on phone and a file explorer on the phone)and of course better battery life and more app support.
  • - What you mean without Zune installed- maybe- I doubt it, but hopefully- Nope- Nope