Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Mango update, officially called Windows Phone 7.5, has hit the release to manufacturing stage (RTM), which means everything is on schedule for us to see Mango-toting devices this coming fall.
"Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” – the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system," Microsoft's Terry Myserson said via the Windows blog. "This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations," he continued, adding that the Windows Phone team is now preparing for the update process.
Microsoft whipped users into a frenzy over Mango back at its MIX conference in April of this year and officially took the wraps off Mango in May. Features on offer with Mango include hardware-accelerated IE9 with HTML5; enhanced multitasking capabilities; Twitter in the People hub; better support for Office documents in SkyDrive; Threads, which brings together text, IM, and Facebook chat into one conversation; and Conversation View for email.