The newest version of the Windows Phone OS, code name “Mango,” has reached the release to manufacturing stage (RTM). By this fall, Microsoft’s mobile OS will available on handsets worldwide.
The RTM stage marks the end of Microsoft’s development of the mobile OS. Now Mango is in the hands of handset manufacturers and mobile operators, who will now have the chance to optimize the OS for their devices.
“Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process,” Microsoft Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson said in a blog post. “The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.”
The technology giant unveiled Mango in May with a focus on improving communication, app multitasking, and Internet browsing. Mango includes new features like Threads (a fusion of text, IM and Facebook Chat), a Web-based marketplace for apps and a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 with advanced HTML5 support.
Despite the new release and a major partnership with Nokia Microsoft still faces an uphill battle in its quest to reclaim market share in mobile. Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, are still the dominant forces in the market, though some predict that WP7 will gain traction in the next few years.