Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ update available

, posted: 28-Sep-2011 16:38

Microsoft have started offering end users the full release version of the Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' update for existing Windows Phone 7 handsets. This the first major upgrade since the release of Windows Phone 7 in late 2010 - offering over 500 new features. It's a move which is expected to help Microsoft establish a stronger position in the smartphone market over the coming year.

The update appears to be shipping to a mix of handsets from different manufacturers and carriers according to user feedback online. There is also a technique to speed up the update process for those who are not seeing the update listed on their phone or via the Zune client.

Around 10pm NZ time on Tuesday, 27 September Microsoft launched a new website for Windows Phone 7 - with regional specific variations available locally including in NZ.

At a similar time they also updated the 'Where's my phone update' page which highlighted that the Windows Phone 7.5 update is approved by every Windows Phone 7 carrier globally with the exception of Sprint (US) and Telefonica (Spain) who are listed as still testing the update.Within hours the website was updated to indicate that the 'Mango' update was rolling out to users.

As we announced on Monday the Mango update will load directly onto most devices - even developer updated handsets with interim developer builds. This is in contrast to Microsoft's original advice when installing developer builds and makes life much easier for this community and others who had managed to gain early access to the various pre-release versions of the Mango operating system software update.


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Comment by Regs, on 28-Sep-2011 19:55

hey cool. so we dont need to roll back our dev preview version now? hope not.. i accidentally wrote over my backup of my backup when i made a windows 8 boot usb key.... and zune trashed the on-disk version...

Comment by antoniosk, on 28-Sep-2011 20:48

Well, I applied the highly technical 'disconnect from net' procedure.

Works fine on Trophy 7, build 7720 now.

And the wonderfully novel, manually enter your wifi settings for hidden access points.... sigh....

Author's note by paulspain, on 28-Sep-2011 21:24

@Regs - definitely no need to roll back to NoDo - the upgrade is fairly painless actually.

Comment by Regs, on 29-Sep-2011 20:58

yep, connected up last night and 40 minutes later was all done..

Comment by Ben, on 5-Oct-2011 09:56

Updated yesterday on my HTC Trophy.
Noticed that the Bing audio search feature is not on phone though. Also scout? Are these just not available in NZ?

Comment by kiwidoc, on 17-Nov-2011 15:57

Just a had a wee update for my HTC Mozart - internet sharing has appeared.  Great!

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