Belfiore, Watson implore devs to update apps as Mango draws near

We've been talking about September 15th for awhile now as being the official date for Mango and this morning we had some solid news to confirm that indeed, the launch is close.

Now Microsoft's Joe Belfiore and Brandon Watson are asking devs to upgrade their apps ASAP using the v7.1 SDK--simply recompiling the app using these tools will enable fast-app switching (multitasking) for the huge OS update.

Of course, if Watson and Belfiore are asking devs to do this now, really stressing the timing, it can only mean the update is close. And we have an odd feeling that tomorrow will bring some official announcement on the matter. Stay tuned...

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  • Mango tomorrow would be awesome!
  • mango madness!
  • it's near...I can smell it. ;-)
  • I only need to know one thing. When is Samsung finally officially announcing their handsets for Europe?! Only AT&T spoiled some of their handsets in the U.S., but still no official announcement from Samsung themselves, how long does it take. Now Mango is going to be out, I want my phone as soon as possible :) Hope it does get released tomorrow, maybe we'll learn some more about the other handsets, but maybe that is still just wishful thinking...
  • I don't understand if all you have to do is recompile the apps to make them compatible with Mango fast switching then why didn't Microsoft just recompile all of the apps on Marketplace themselves?
  • And if an API had changed which breaks your currently-working app? You would be pretty pissed :P
  • Because you can no longer push updates to the pre-mango version of your app.
  • As I said in a reply to someone on another site a moment agao. This to me sounds like a STRONG hint that its coming much sooner rather than sometime in the fall. I am thinking next week byt tomorrow would indeed be awesome.
  • Well, fall does start next week
  • With all this trumpeting about Mango coming tomorrow.. if I don't have Mango on my Focus at some point tomorrow and instead have to wait some ungodly amount of days/weeks for Samsung/ATT to get their **** together I'm going to flip out.. like.. for realsies.
  • I'm going to go out on a hopeful limb here and that it is releasing tomorrow and that is why the marketplace has not updated?
  • I say we make #mango and your carrier #sprint trend in twitter
  • Anyone think this means Mango is farther out than we think? Wouldn't they want to get as many apps upgraded as possible before they release Mango? Even if people recompile their apps tonight, they won't be in the market tomorrow.I'm kind of conflicted. We know the phones are coming next month, and phone companies like Apple usually release their update to phones a month before the new phones hit. I'd expect Mango to be the same, but the 15th isn't even technically the fall...
  • doesn't have to be precisely within fall. its already the fall tv season and the fall semester and this usually is between the dates of 8/25 and 12/15
  • Exactly. 8/15 isn't in between those dates.
  • The "Where's my phone update?" page hasn't been updated in almost 2 months-shouldn't we see something there first-like 77xx and "Testing"?
  • who cares about that page? that was only built so people would stop spazzing over nodo.
  • And when the spazzing over Mango starts-it will get updated!! And I highly doubt anything is going to happen on the 15th...