The latest update for Windows Phone 7, codenamed Mango, has been demoed at Microsoft’s MIX 2011 Keynote and it’s looking pretty good.
It doesn’t look like a major rethink of WP7, more of a smoothing off of rough edges, welcome additions here and there. So in other words, less like what Froyo was to Android phones (i.e. a big step forwards) and more like what Symbian Anna will (hopefully) provide.
In the YouTube vid below Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore takes us through the finer points of what fruity goodness Mango will bring to WP7.
First up, it looks as though searching for apps is going to be made a bit easier, thanks to a new alphabetical jump list. So if you wanted to leap to your Twitter app for example, you’d just tap ‘T’ on the screen shown above.
You’ll also be able to manually hunt for specific apps by typing a request (e.g. Facebook) into a search bar.
All in all, pretty nice. We’d also like to see the app list automatically prioritise your Top 5 most used apps or something too.
Support for Internet Explorer 9 will also be included in the Mango update. IE9 running on what looks like a dev model of the HTC 7 Trophy is given a quick speed test against an iPhone 4 and a Nexus S. Even with the iPhone getting a head start, the WP7 device still beats it and the Nexus.
Other additions includes support for HTML5 content on the web. So, if you start playing music from a streaming site and hit the Home button, the music will carry on playing while you go and check Facebook or whatever. Check out the video below to see what other goodness Mango has in store.
Windows Phone 7 Mango is due to flower in the fall of this year, or Autumn, as it’s properly known in the UK.
What are the bets on the names for the next update? Passion Fruit? Watermelon?