Microsoft’s upcoming update for Windows Phone 7, codenamed “Mango,” is a big one. But, believe it or not, Mango only warrants a small increment in the official version number.
Windows Phone product manager Cliff Simpkins revealed on Wednesday that the Mango update will be officially branded as Windows Phone 7.1. The second generation of handsets, however, will be marketed under the Windows Phone 7.5 banner. Simpkins acknowledged that it is “not an ideal pairing,” but he compared it to the situation with Windows 7, which is officially known as version 6.1.
Up until this announcement, there was much confusion over Mango’s official branding. Microsoft has consistently referred to the update using the ”Mango” codename, but API documentation and other sources were seemingly inconsistent, using both the 7.1 and 7.5 version numbers.
The Redmond-based software giant probably hopes to convey the sheer amount of features in Mango–more than 500–by using a bigger version number in marketing materials. The version mismatch is bit convoluted for those in-the-know, but it should help more consumers jump on board with Windows Phone.
Microsoft released Windows Phone Mango to manufacturing on Tuesday. The company plans to make the update available to all Windows Phones this fall.