News around tech sites have been pouring in this morning that it was rumored that Mango would be released to developers possibly Thursday (June 30th), but without warning from Microsoft, Mango has been released today to developers! To get access you must be a registered Windows Phone Developer as it is invitation only.
- You must have an active, validated App Hub account.
- Only one phone update per developer.
- If you have updated to Mango build 7661 and wish to develop applications for the device, you must update your development environment to Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 .
Important warning from The Windows Phone developer Team before updating.
IMPORTANT: As with firmware flashing on any device, there’s the potential to ‘brick’ or permanently disable your phone if you don’t follow the instructions exactly. The Windows Phone Developer Team strongly recommends that you carefully read all instructions before starting the process.
Currently the update is only available to developers in the following countries:
- Great Britain
- New Zealand
- United States
If you are not currently registered as a Windows Phone developer and wish to join you can register by visiting the App Hub Membership page.
If you have questions regarding the update, check out the Windows Phone App Hub Forums
Mango brings a lot to Windows Phone 7 that owners have been missing. With an announced new 500 features being added Mango is sure to start winning over more people into it’s Windows Phone 7 Platform. With the expected release in September and Nokia phones by end of year Microsoft is whittling its way into the smartphone market by adding a fresh appeal to smartphones.
Information on the new features Mango brings, can be found here.
Source: The Windows Team Blog.