The Great Windows Phone Mango Feature List

WP7 APIs 560x313 The Great Windows Phone Mango Feature List

Last Updated: August 30, 2011

Now that the news from yesterday’s Windows Phone Mango event has had time to settle, we thought we’d compile a list of all of the known features included in the update. On the eve of the event, Steve Ballmer claimed that Mango contained more than 500 new features. This figure was reiterated on stage during the event. Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet to provide an official list, forcing technology enthusiasts to speculate on just what the massive list contains. Does the number of currently announced features come anywhere close?

We decided to break the list down into four categories: new, confirmed, rumored, and debunked. New features are just that, brand new. This category includes never-before-seen features direct from Microsoft. Rumored features, on the other hand, are unconfirmed. They run the gamut from reliable to wild speculation. Confirmed features were previously rumored, but later confirmed by the software giant. Debunked features, finally, started off as rumors and were eventually proven false.

The main problem with coming up with such a list is deciding what constitutes a feature. At MIX 11, Microsoft announced that the Mango update included over 1,500 new APIs. Obviously, each new API can’t be counted as a feature. If they were, Ballmer’s figure would have been at least four times larger. So what does count as a “feature?” We decided to count fairly obvious changes and improvements, rather than every single tiny detail. This means Local Scout is counted as a single feature, rather than a collection of sub-features like nearby locations, favorites, etc. We did, however, count bigger things like indoor maps. Each visual change shouldn’t count as a feature, so they are combined for each hub. Finally, when it came to developer features, only the major ones were counted.

So, without further ado, here is the list of features included in Mango. Each feature contains a link to the most recent information on it. We tried to make the list as comprehensive as possible, but there’s always a possibility that we left something out. If you notice something missing, feel free to leave a comment below.

New

  1. SkyDrive support (including shared folders)
  2. Internet Explorer 9
  3. HTML5
  4. Hardware acceleration
  5. Multitasking
  6. Task-switcher
  7. Twitter integration
  8. Xbox LIVE Avatar accessories
  9. Kinect integration
  10. Skype
  11. Application jump list
  12. Application search
  13. Redesigned Marketplace
  14. Improved Marketplace search results
  15. Streamlined app installation
  16. Over-the-air podcasts
  17. Silverlight + XNA
  18. Improved panorama and pivot controls
  19. TCP/IP sockets
  20. SQL CE database
  21. Live Agents
  22. Deep Links
  23. Multiple live tiles per app
  24. Gyro
  25. Motion Sensor
  26. Instant-resume for apps
  27. Power management (Battery Saver)
  28. Parental controls (including M-rated titles)
  29. Custom ringtones
  30. Background audio
  31. File download service
  32. Alarm notifications
  33. Redesigned Games Hub
  34. Silverlight 4
  35. Beta/private publishing on the Marketplace
  36. Pinnable email folders
  37. Email conversation view
  38. Server search
  39. Lync
  40. Complex (alpha-numeric) passwords
  41. Information Rights Management
  42. Hidden WiFi networks
  43. App Connect (formerly Search Extras)
  44. Quick Cards
  45. Local Scout
  46. Indoor maps
  47. Photo translation
  48. Image search
  49. Improved virtual keyboard
  50. Contact communication history
  51. LinkedIn integration
  52. Notifications
  53. Calendar integration with Facebook Events
  54. Facial recognition
  55. People tags
  56. Updated mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
  57. Single track repeat
  58. Improved drop-down media controls
  59. Playback controls on the lock screen
  60. Favorite places
  61. Web Marketplace
  62. Multiple file formats on SkyDrive, including PDF
  63. Instant access to Bing under device lock
  64. Emoticons
  65. Photo auto-fix
  66. Improved Marketplace search
  67. Artist imagery on artist card
  68. Related artists
  69. Detailed now playing list
  70. Toggle for full-screen video
  71. Video scrubing
  72. Game history
  73. Achievement comparison
  74. Xbox LIVE friends list
  75. Xbox LIVE messages
  76. Command bar integrated in all hubs, includes search button
  77. Save camera settings
  78. Vibrate-only alarm and new alarm sounds
  79. Snooze options for reminders
  80. Redesigned Pictures Hub
  81. Redesigned Camera
  82. Microsoft Points balance shown in the Games Hub
  83. “Open IE9 tab in new/current tab” setting
  84. Bing Maps auto-navigates to user’s location
  85. Microsoft Office for Mobile updated to v14.5
  86. Camera Roll moved to the main area of the Pictures Hub
  87. Option to enable tap screen to take pictures
  88. Password lock time interval
  89. Zune HD-like shutdown experience
  90. Animated Pictures Hub tile
  91. Recent games list
  92. Improved Avatar animations (changes based on message context)
  93. Improved call screen
  94. Quick Events
  95. Sync Twitter followers to the People Hub
  96. Pictures Hub live tile slideshow
  97. Talking caller ID
  98. Fast Async
  99. Avatar Awardables
  100. Game add-ons
  101. Photo apps included in the Pictures Hub
  102. Pin photo albums to start
  103. Review photos under lock

Confirmed

  1. Location check-ins
  2. Photosynth (possibly as an app)
  3. Windows Live Messenger / Facebook Chat
  4. Bing Vision
  5. Bing Audio
  6. Auditory turn-by-turn navigation
  7. SMS dictation
  8. Threads
  9. Colored tiles for Office documents
  10. Support for additional languages
  11. Visual voicemail
  12. Office 365 support
  13. Groups
  14. Artist imagery on lock screen
  15. Redesigned Music + Videos Hub
  16. Smart DJ
  17. Playlist management
  18. Enable/disable camera sound
  19. Linked Inbox
  20. Multiple calendars for Windows Live and Exchange accounts
  21. Facebook video uploads (SkyDrive too)
  22. Facebook notifications
  23. Task (To-Do) support (Windows Live and Exchange)
  24. Downloadable content
  25. Front-facing camera
  26. Music and video streaming from SkyDrive
  27. Internet sharing (tethering)
  28. NFC Support
  29. Support for Wi-Fi Hotspots

Rumored

  1. Mobile Studio
  2. AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
  3. Multiple calendars for non-Windows Live accounts
  4. Real-time multiplayer
  5. AppChecker
  6. Lunar dates for the calendar
  7. Expanded flag support for emails
  8. Windows Live Messenger nudge
  9. Windows Live Messenger group chat
  10. Share Xbox LIVE profile on Facebook
  11. Xbox LIVE Party and Voice Chat
  12. Advanced options for LAN connection
  13. Multiple keyboard layouts (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY)
  14. Resizable touch targets for virtual keys
  15. Send customized dictionaries to Microsoft

Debunked

  1. Xbox LIVE multiplayer toggle
  2. Games Marketplace moved out of Zune
  3. In-app transactions

Interestingly, only eighteen confirmed features started off as rumors. Many others were mentioned in passing at MIX 11 and World Mobile Congress before being forgotten and eventually turned into a rumor. This was, for example, the case with on-device podcast support. In the New category, 1-9 were announced at World Mobile Congress, 10-35 were revealed at MIX 11, 36-42 were discussed at Tech·Ed, and 43-63 were unveiled at this week’s Mango event.

So where does this leave us? At this point, Microsoft has discussed 132 features included in Mango. Rumors still surround an additional 15 features, and at least three were proven false. It’s quite a list, but even with the rumored features added in, it’s nowhere near Ballmer’s figure of 500. Obviously, the discrepancy could be explained by two likely scenarios: Microsoft’s method of counting might be different than ours, and there are sure to be many more as-yet-unannounced features still waiting in the wings.

We’ll be updating this list as more features are revealed, confirmed, rumored, and debunked. It will be interesting to see if the list swells to 500 by the time Mango comes out this fall. For more news on Mango, check out the rest of our coverage.

46 Comments

Okungnyo on May 26, 2011 7:27 PM

I really love this site. xD

Matt on May 26, 2011 8:53 PM

Sadly, full device encryption is still missing from the list of updates. To aid enterprise adoption, this feature is a must.

Koki.v3 on May 26, 2011 9:16 PM

Multiple calendars were shown off in this video, yay for birthday and holiday calendars!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v4erU7Fd4A

Koki.v3 on May 26, 2011 9:17 PM

Oh nevermind, you just posted an article about it, lol…

TheMoose76 on May 26, 2011 9:52 PM

Don’t forget the dancing avatar, when you play music. :)
Not shure you can call it a feature….
See Koki.v3′s link.
The video also shows to-do in calendar.

Linked e-mail.
7:40 into the video.
http://youtu.be/OP30F3ZxTmw

Carl on May 26, 2011 10:27 PM

Sadly, on-demand full device backup is not on the list. The inability to backup our devices is one of the biggest flaws of WP7 in my opinion.

stim on May 26, 2011 10:31 PM

Have they sorted gapless play yet???

TIago on May 26, 2011 11:03 PM

More functionalities revealed, as video upload to facebook… and others…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0om8V03LkdI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WERWFXQqgZo&feature=related

Brandon on May 27, 2011 12:15 AM

I don’t see Facebook friend tagging in your list. In Mango when you upload a photo to Facebook you can tag your friends right from the phone!

Also you can store the camera settings in Mango.

Also missing: Search button behavior is more consistent and now always starts the built-in search app. So no more contextual searches (i.e. from Outlook/People Hub) using the Search button!

William Devereux on May 27, 2011 12:23 AM

@TIago: Thanks for the heads up!

@Brandon: Oh, good point. We have facial recognition listed, but we neglected to add people tags. Thanks!

Disinto on May 27, 2011 3:43 AM

Matt – I’ve been waiting for that too. That’s the only things preventing me to connect my Omnia 7 to my company’s network. I really, really hope we’ll see it in the final feature list…

Ringo on May 27, 2011 5:40 AM

Kinect integration won’t be a part of the Mango update, at least according to Microsoft Sweden.

leoms on May 27, 2011 6:07 AM

What about CSS3 support? Isn’t this a feature?
And also if “supported East-Asian languages” is a feature then “support for several European and Nordic languages” should also be a feature.

b20963a2 on May 27, 2011 7:55 AM

What about the market place in 19 more countries?

Ed on May 27, 2011 9:10 AM

I think we have to assume that Microsoft are using the most liberal definition of the word “feature” in order to get to that magic 500.

Personally, I’m very much looking forward to the features you have listed, and hope there will be some more popping out over the next few months. However, I’m not holding my breath for another 400+ features of this calibre.

Sam on May 28, 2011 11:32 AM

I’m sure they count each change within IE9 as an individual feature. So address bar in horizontal view would be a new feature as well.

They also mentioned support for 4G antennas.

Then of course Asian language input support. I’m sure they count each language and keyboard option separately.

http://asia.cnet.com/wp-mango-asian-language-input-preview-62208889.htm

They also mentioned Xbox Live multiplayer is coming (but didn’t specify if it was online or local). Probably will say something at E3.

VictorV on May 31, 2011 2:30 AM

Multiplayer toggled are shown in one of the youtube videos. so lets file that under rumor

Erica on June 2, 2011 3:07 AM

Any word on Note: Syncing SMS messages to Exchange for Free. Was able to do this with 6.1 but it disappeared in WP7 (unless i pay a 3rd party)

Sheeds on June 9, 2011 7:16 AM

Of course, this feature list assumes REGION = USA. We await official advice from MS on a range of features that are not currently or won’t be for new items, available in many other markets.

James on June 28, 2011 9:34 AM

What about friends’ birthdays? If my friends have their birthdays on FB, will that feed over and automatically get marked on the calendar that tomorrow is John’s birthday? What about holidays? I’d like to see the option to view both on my main calendar so I know when Memorial Day, Feast of St. Stephen, or when a friend’s birthday is coming up.

http://wp.me/p1fLW2-1U

William Devereux on June 28, 2011 1:39 PM

I know Mango supports the Windows Live birthday calendar, but I’m not sure about the Facebook birthday calendar. It supports Facebook Events, so birthdays would be a logical choice too.

John Lewis on July 28, 2011 12:42 PM

First of all – this is a great list!
One thing that’s been bugging me about my Focus is the inability to disable the lock screen while external power is connected. Any rumors about that?

William Devereux on July 28, 2011 10:16 PM

Thanks! I hate to disappoint you, but there currently isn’t any way to disable the lock screen while connected to a power source. You can, however, set it to only ask for a password after a certain period of time.

shahid on July 29, 2011 4:16 AM

Device orientation lock main problem for me :)

mazahir on August 14, 2011 4:05 PM

WINDOWS PHONE 7 “(MANGO)”
i need following updates on mango :

1>animated wallpaper with clock as HTC hub.
2>custom color & size for each tile
3>more sceen pages for tiles
4>all Application to group in one folder.

SMS :

1>> virtual mobile dial keypad for sms input

2>>search engine on sms conversation to search perticular sms

3>> group sms

4>>option to import contacts from outlook dircetly without creating account

CONTACTS :

1>>phonebook contacts group(eg office, friends)

2>>call log hisotry goupes in 3 diffrent page as nokia (missed – received – dialled) and same number call log grouped in the perticular list.

3>> need diffrent icons with colors, for missed , received & dialled calls to be able to recognize fast and easy. also icons for numbers as work, home , mobile,

4>> one touch dial from call log history & sms (slide right on the contact and send sms, slide left on the contact and call withou any more attempts.)

5>>one touch dial-pad (dial pad should appear as soon as i flip the wallpaper up, just as password)

6>>and most important : to be able to lock my perticular group of contacts list for privacy. (such as business contacts should not be peeped by others)

7>>should be able to add more phone numbers for each contact than option available right now is limited.

8>> to be able to choose if i want to import contacts from facebook & windows live or NO

9>>and the big issue about called id prefix wth country code. please fix this problem in MANGO.

thanx and regards.
mazahir

manuel on August 17, 2011 7:19 AM

Pls facilitate the WM mango with
1. bluetooth file transfers from any folder and any type of files including multiple files at a time with time and number count down for transfers, copy and paste option for any files and multiple marking option.
2. USB mass storage mode with auto sync soon as the phone is connected thru bluetooth or USB with with a PC or laptop.
3. quick bluetooth device search and connect, send and receive files without the need to add other devices to the list.
4. fingerprint reader for security if possible and advanced mobile tracker facilities.
5. 3d animated screensavers and wallpapers like latest android phones, adobe flash latest version support and play, pause and stop function for downloading files like media player within browser on PCs, fully customizable interface and settings or appearance of each menu screens and the way the file and image explorers appear.
6. good quality stereo voice recorder, dolby stereo audio for video recording and good low light capabilities for capturing.
8. music search like application search within the folder.
9. dedicated mango related game for OS recognition, mango related app for the same, mango animated screensaver, photo and video editor if possible.video calling ability with above 15mbps HSDPA 3G.
10. Players should support all media files with a good motion bitrate.
I think I am not xpecting too much from an universal player MS Windows…Thank you.

Allen Schmidt on August 22, 2011 1:58 PM

heck of a list, but looks good in my eyes!

damian on August 20, 2011 4:48 PM

Backups is there. Its built into new version of Zune.

JiMMie on August 28, 2011 12:54 PM

I just recently purchased a Windows Phone and I love it. No matter what features are or are not included in the Mango update, you can’t please everyone. That’s so true, is it not posters?:)

c1c2c3c4c on August 31, 2011 4:58 PM

you forgot:
multiple camera’s support

c1c2c3c4c on August 31, 2011 5:01 PM

also theres a decent chance skype might be added into the OS

c1c2c3c4c on August 31, 2011 5:10 PM

@manuel
“pause and stop function for downloading files like (“a”) media player”

they already have that….

you push and hold the download and it lets you pause or cancel the download and/or install.

William Devereux on August 31, 2011 10:19 PM

@c1c2c3c4c Front-facing cameras are on the list. :)

Andy Wyatt on September 7, 2011 12:31 PM

No tethering??? This phone is going in the bin!

William Devereux on September 7, 2011 8:41 PM

@Andy Wyatt: Windows Phone Mango does support tethering, but it will be up to the manufacturers and carriers to enable it.

Did you get these? on September 8, 2011 4:10 PM

Please put list in ABC order

and these are some more (some are in the main list)

Camera:

Autofix—Apply some common photographic fixes to a picture, on your phone, in one tap.

Touch focus and capture—Tap any spot on the screen to focus there and take the shot. (This varies according to hardware—some phones will have tap-to-capture but will still automatically center focus.)

Sticky settings—Save your custom camera settings for next time.

Ability to mute the shutter sound—Good for taking pictures at those school holiday pageants (not available in all countries and regions).

Review pictures above the lock—Snap a photo when your phone is locked, then take a peek at it above the lock. You’ll only be able to get to photos you just took—better for security.

Changes for portrait orientation—Now, when you take a picture in portrait orientation, you’ll see it in portrait orientation when you review it.
Pictures:

Video sharing—Send your vids in email or post them to Facebook or SkyDrive.

Twitter integration—Tweet your pics!

Easy picture tagging on upload to Facebook or SkyDrive.

View and add tags on your friends’ Facebook and SkyDrive pictures.

Integration with the People Hub—View your friends’ albums on their contact cards and on Group cards.

People view—See snapshots and albums from your favorite contacts in the Pictures Hub.

Personalize—Tag some favorites and choose

Shuffle background in the Pictures Hub, and you’ll see your favorite photos on the Hub and on Start.

When you choose a photo from within an app, you can now pick from online albums on Facebook or SkyDrive, not just pictures saved on your phone.

Quick access to the Camera Roll—Before, it took two taps in the Pictures Hub to get the photos you’ve snapped. Now it’s front and center.

Apps pane—Developers can register their photo-related apps to show up in the Pictures Hub for easy access.

Autoshare to SkyDrive changed to Automatically upload to SkyDrive, which you can turn on to upload a lower-res version of every picture you take to a private location on SkyDrive.
Pin any album to Start, including Facebook albums.

Allen on September 17, 2011 4:28 PM

I want to be able to directly sync Outlook contacts and calendar through USB or bluetooth, without going through the cloud. Trying to keep my data usage down. I also want direct Office syncing. I was able to do that with Windows mobile 6.5. Why not with WP7? I could care less about syncing music. I have an Ipod for that. I just want to surf the web and carry my calendar and contacts and Excel spreadsheets. I don’t want all my information stored in the cloud.

shon on October 2, 2011 2:30 PM

you can add custom ringtones to that list.

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