Microsoft shows off 'Mango', announces new Dev Tools, Skype, Layar and more

Las Vegas, April 13th...

Microsoft today showed off the next version of Windows Phone, coming this fall, called 'Mango' as well as announced new developer tools what will give devs a chance to go deeper with the phone.

The improved dev tools include "a performance profiler and sensor stimulation, enabling developers to build more intergrated and high-performing applications". In addition, devs get:

  • Application multitasking for background processing,, audio and file transfer, and fast app switching
  • Deeper phone intergration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
  • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so devs can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
  • All of these new tools will be available starting in May. 

In addition, Microsoft showed of the next version of Windows Phone called 'Mango' including new apps such as Skype (!), Spotify, Layar, Quantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger

So there you go folks. Expect more throughout the day, including videos and more info. But darn it all, Microsoft is listening and look to be delivering. Shout out in comments on your thoughts!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • wow! its nice!!! =)
  • Looks like MS is working hard. I wish everyone else was. (stares at the logo at the top of the phone)
  • I'd be more excited if Verizon made WP7 available to me and Microsoft had already delivered the FEBRUARY update in February not April. Don't get me wrong, I WANT this OS on my next phone, Spotify, Skye, Amazon - cool! However, I'm getting tired of waiting for both Microsoft and Verizon.
  • What about all those people that still don't have NoDo? I knew this would happen. MS focus now is Mango and there will still be a lot of people that will never receive the update notification.
  • Everyone will get NoDO.
  • Skype!!! They came around!
  • I think they were waiting on mulitasking.
  • Skype also wanted to wait for more accessibility to the hardware which is apparently being allowed in mango. They didn't specifically say but i hope this means they are adding socket support, that would allowed just about any type of app to be made. :D
  • TCP socket support is now supported for devs.
  • I think they were waiting on mulitasking.
  • Question??? Does that mean that we won't get stuff like KIK Messenger until Mango rolls out? Or do we get it before? Same goes for the Amazon Shopping... and of course Skype! I can wait on Skype but most of my friends use KIK (people that don't have unlimited texting, which I can still not understand why not!).
  • That ws my question!!I was hoping to get Kik n the gang sometime soonish - like June/July. I can wait for that. But ughers, gotta probably wait for Mango. Such a big update... it'd be cool if they split it up into two updates. But I guess I'll be a very very happy customer once Mango shows up.Seems to be a very dry summer though unless they do some serious updating with this "lack-of-notifications" Facebook app...
  • YESSSS!!!!! They just said KIK will be available in the coming weeks!!!!
  • This came directly from the people that made KIK, they displayed it and everything!This is the live event!!
  • Yup just read it!Very very happy about that
  • I think most of those apps won't come until Mango, because Mango is adding the access those apps need to function.
  • +1 Those new apps take advantage of new 'Mango' features
  • I hope the original wp7 gets updates past Mango. I don't know if i should jump on board now or wait for the next rev when dual core wp7 phones hit the market.
  • Cool.But seriously my hapiness will be total when I will have :- Swype keyboard- A good turn-by-turn navigation appHope MS listens ;)
  • We still have one more day. Maybe they will announce turn-by-turn for Bing.
  • During the keynote, they displayed a scattered list of new features coming with Mango, and there was something related to turn-by-turn directions in the bottom right(ish). Hopefully there will be more on this coming out soon.
  • "@Cyruss1989 ALL Windows Phone 7 devices, current and future, will get Mango. All. (Exceptions being early Samsung dev phones)."I asked WPcentral and they told me this :-)
  • Another nice feature.
  • Hey does anyone have the list of new countries that are finally going to get access to the marketplace when Mango hits? They had a map in the keynote but now I can't find it anywhere.
  • Guess there's no flash support then...
  • HTML5 video support cuts the need for flash down really.
  • did Joe Belfiore every promise flash support?