Windows Live Messenger, Bing Image Search also on Windows Phone 7.5

As if a dam has broken, even more info has leaked out about Windows Phone 7.5 aka 'Mango' (see earlier coverage). The latest comes from a Chinese site called, evidently from a developer who manged to take some pics of the OS in action.

Although the post has since been conspicously pulled, the images above were captured by and show off some hitherto unknown (but speculated to be there) features. These include:

East Asian Language Keyboard, Handwriting and Dictionary Support--[we saw this mentioned a few days ago]Improved SkyDrive sync in Office hub - adding Word, Excel, and PowerPoint sync support. Each document type will now be indicated by the color of the tile:Bing Image Search, Bing Vision, and Bing Audio – besides Bing Vision and Bing Audio as revealed earlier this morning, it seems like Bing will now feature Image Search as well.Windows Live Messenger integrated in People hub – as we have predicted earlier, the Chinese developer confirms that Windows Live Messenger will be integrated in the People hub. You will be able to directly IM someone on your contact list.

The biggy of course is the addition and integration of Windows Live Messenger to the mix. We knnow direct Twitter support is on board for WP7.5, though we have to actually see it, but it's nice to see MS finally embracing their Live Messenger as well.

In fact, we've heard that Windows Live Messenger is pretty smart too: "when sending a message the phone will autopick the best method - IM or SMS", according to @WindowsPhone8 (DM).

Finally, one other feature we heard about from the above source:

  • Lync client (aka Microsoft Office Communications Server) is coming in the Mango timeframe

We knew about Lync and Windows Phone from last November, but looks like Mango is when it will happen.

Source:, @WindowsPhone8; via

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.