Official: Windows Phone Mango to be released in the coming weeks

We previously covered the leaked Orange memo that pinned the 15th of September as the roll-out day, but we are all ware of this day passing by. Now, Microsoft has finally released some more detail on the actual window for release. Eric Hautala published the following over at the Windows Phone Developer blog:

For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide roll out status.

This ties in with Joe Belfiore's tweet (opens in new tab) last week that reminded everyone of "the fall" being aimed at for the green button to be pressed. So, there we have it, keep an eye out on this space for the announcement within the next two weeks. 

Source: Windows Phone Dev blog (opens in new tab)  Thanks goes out to everyone (too many to name) who tipped us on this!

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  • Excellent.
  • We've been hearing this in the Windows Phone community for weeks now. Maybe it is a little more believable with the launch of the iPhone 5 next month. I'll believe it when I see it.
  • Oh? And how many times did MICROSOFT state Mango was releasing?All it was was rumor. Rumors that Microsoft debunked... lol
  • now the complainers can stop complaining and thinking that they need an explanation
  • This won't stop the complaining. Everyone who isn't in the first round of updates will hate Microsoft like there's no tomorrow. =D
  • Indeed. There are those who would be upset even if Belifore drove to their house tomorrow and updated the phone himself. They'd still find a reason to whine that MS was lame because he didn't bring them a new Focus S too or something like that. There's no making some people happy no matter what you do.
  • The comments on the Windows blog are already filled with people whining. Damned if you do, and damned if you don't!
  • Great news for all my family and some friends who have a Windows Phone already. But come on AT&T, when is the Focus S releasing?
  • We'll get Mango… in October? Well… Just in time for iPhone's 5 presentation (4th Oct) and HTC's newest devices; Titan and Radar. Shabby for us that we ALREADY are WP users u____u I can't avoid to feel myself a little bit sad 'bout this update :( "Shabbyness" by Microsoft.
  • What did they do that's shabby? Why is it sad for us. It's going to be great. People who already have WP7 devices get an update, and people who's looking for new hardware or new WP7 users get new devices to choose from. It's a win win situation.
  • Agreed, this is win, win. WP7 rocks
  • Well, since we're talking about "Windows", doesn't that mean it's Win win win?
  • To be fair to Microsoft, they did state a fall release.
  • I spoke to Microsoft Support on Monday night regarding a Zune issue and I asked them about Mango, they advised me that there were not a liberty to disclose a release date but I had a feeling they knew when it would be, they just told me to stay tuned and check the WP7 website for further details as it will be updated in due course, this today has confirmed that the update will be out hopefully next week or week after, I think they should release the update to unlocked device's first over device's that are locked to carriers, I am also hoping the Internet Sharing Option is available in the UK, as I have tethering part of my contract!
  • Is it a coincidence that MS announces the roll out date the same day that Apple announces the debut of iPhone5 (Oct. 4th)?... hmmmmm.
  • No coincidence at all. It's intentional. 2 weeks from today is .... October 5. Have you seen how badly the iPhone 4 performs on the html5 speed reading test? I'm sure iPhone5 will improve but by how much? Will they "catch up" to Mango? If so, MS has done a very good job.
  • And HTML5 speed reading tests matter, why? Do you think that's going to be a deal breaker for folks wanting an iphone?
  • It matters because with HTML5 becoming more prolific on the mobile web(something Apple first campaigned for, ironically) it is going to improve overall browser performance. And if you think that's not a big deal, look at BlackBerry. I'll bet more people jumped ship on that platform over the web browser than for just about any other reason.
  • And the HTML5 speed reading test reflects real world HTML5 results?
  • Have you seen how badly WP7 Mango actually supports standard HTML5 commands?Check (Mango): 140 pointsiOS5: 296 pointsMeego Manhatten browser: 255 pointsBenchmarks like MS' speedreading don't help much when you can't view any real html5 sites...
  • Well, Apple has announced nothing about the iPhone 5. No event on the 4th or the 5th. So there's no coincidence as there nothing to be coincidental about.
  • For their sake I hope they work on the next update and roll it out faster. It's good that they want to have a competition but for users this sucks. Delaying for their own sake, how selfish.
  • What are you talking about? They were going through carrier approval...
  • Finally an official announcement. I'm good with 2 weeks, at least I know its coming soon and the time frame isn't covering a 3 month period.
  • I agree, it's nice knowing some sort of time frame, not just "fall". And 2 weeks tops (hopefully)? Even better.
  • woo MANGO!! xoxoxoxo
  • Everyone needs to temper their enthusiasm. Mango will be here when it's here. Does no one remember how NoDo was launched "soon"?
  • finally. all this reading about it and now official news
  • Can't wait. Glad we have a rough release window to look forward to.
  • Ah **** Nah! Two weeks for my Mango? TWO WEEKS!? No MS, That's too danm long. I want my update NOW Danm it! If I dont get it, then......then....I'll sell my windows phone and wait till October 21st for an Iphone 5. :D
  • I had WP7 mango in my LGE900 for about 15 min,i sent my phone for reparing and when I got it back it was updated with mango, looked really nice, in my own languages as well(swedish), then my phone restarted itself and went down (memory crash), but i can promise its worth waiting for.
  • awesome! I was getting antsy, I almost upgraded my phone myself, I talked myself out of looking for the ROM yesterday. I just hope Sprint is on the ball. GO WP7.
  • While this is great they just need some decent hardware on vzw so I can upgrade.
  • two weeks? good thing I got GoW3 to hold me over until than. Can't wait for speech to text.
  • aaahahahaha thats gonna be my number one use for it as well.
  • we have some apple trolls here hahahah who fricken cares of apple iphone 5 it same dull phone which does not have stillNo FlashCant Remove the Battery which is terrible for travel.No MicroSD Card SLot to add more storage.Ugly candy icons stillNeed say more....ALl i can Windows phone 7.5 mango is worth the wait and also cant wait see more new wp7.5 phone models
  • And so when Mango is released, I can look forward to my 15 hour phone update. I really am looking forward to it. It's sad really that I look forward to how long it takes. My method of thinking is the longer it takes, the more I am going to love Mango. Take all week to update, I am still happy to have an official announcement.