Last week, the Windows Phone Dev Podcast released leaked screenshots of a new feature in Windows Phone Mango: Groups. As it turns out, it was legitimate. Groups allow users to organize their contacts on Windows Phone, regardless of what social network or platform they’re on.
Unlike BlackBerry, contacts without Windows Phones can be added to Groups. Groups also work with social networks like Windows Live and Facebook.
While Groups can be found in the People hub, they essentially act as their own mini-hubs. Like the People hub, Groups have their own pivots for members, what’s new, and pictures. This allows you to stay in touch with your groups, rather than have to sort through the noise of hundreds, if not thousands, of other contacts.
Emails, text messages, and phone calls can be initiated directly from a Group, simplifying the process of getting in touch with the people you care about most.
Windows Phone can support an infinite number of Groups, and allows users to pin them to their home screen for quick access.
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