Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows phone 7 which is codenamed as “Mango“, which will be expected to get officially announced in second half of this year, probably in September 2011. The new version will be initially based on the original Windows Phone 7 internals and will introduce some new heavy-class features, such as native support for HTML5 and Silverlight applications, and enhanced support for Exchange functionality, with the brand name changed to Windows Phone 7.5.
Microsoft may also enhance the development of staff and obtain the application programming interface to control multi-tasking, in-app downloads, and better customization capabilities.
The updated version of Windows Phone 7 is expected to have Silverlight and HTML 5 support, and the Far East languages and some other features. In addition, Silverlight is a major Windows Phone 7 device development platform, but its own mobile browser (IE) does not have support for Silverlight plug-in function.
The first major update to Windows Phone 7, which was rolled out for general users few days ago, introduced some basic functionality improvements in Phone and with some minor bug fixes also. It is not yet officially confirmed that the existing WP7 devices will be upgradable to the next version of WP 7 or not, but in all likelihood, they will be!
Obviously, these feature upgrades and changes as announced in the recent Microsoft conference, seems to have been part of the proof that Microsoft and partners are planning to have launch of some new devices.
In other words, before the disclosure of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 in the year 2012 to achieve some of the critical updates, it will want to have an intermediate Windows Phone 7.5 version.
Nokia has reached an agreement with Microsoft, and in addition to Microsoft and Nokia, there are other potentials in the pipeline. Nokia may release Microsoft’s new version of the smartphone after October 2011, and then start shipping phone next year onwards.