Windows Phone 7
This fall, Microsoft will release its first major update for Windows Phone 7. The update, known as Mango or Windows Phone 7.5, brings more than 500 new features and focuses on improving three key areas: communications, apps, and Internet. We recently got a chance to take a deeper dive into Mango and found a lot to like, but also had some concerns. If you've been curious about the platform and are considering a Windows Phone handset, check out our technical preview to see what's in store.
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- Microsoft to end Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 support in 2014
March 18, 2013 5:46 AM PDT
The company says that Windows Phone 8's support will end in July 2014, while Windows Phone 7.8 will continue to receive support until September. Read more
- T-Mobile nixes Windows Phone 7.8 update for Lumia 710
February 6, 2013 10:31 AM PST
The carrier says it won't update Nokia's 710 smartphone but fails to give a reason why. Read more
- Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.8 update slated for early 2013
November 28, 2012 1:37 PM PST
Company says existing users should begin seeing rollouts of the new Windows Phone 7.8 operating system across "as many devices as possible" by early 2013. Read more
- Windows Phone 7.8 rumored to launch this week
November 26, 2012 11:03 AM PST
Microsoft is gearing up to launch the dashed update on Wednesday, Tonis Tech Blog reports. Read more
- Nokia could launch entry-level Windows Phone 7.5 handsets, says report
September 11, 2012 9:31 AM PDT
The rollout of higher-end Windows Phone 8 handsets may open the market for simpler and less expensive Windows Phone 7.5 devices, says DigiTimes. Read more
- Viber hits 100 million users, partners with Nokia on WP7
September 11, 2012 6:40 AM PDT
The messaging company says that Nokia's Windows Phone 7 devices will now be able to place free HD-quality phone calls and hold group-messaging sessions. Read more
- Why did Microsoft kill the name 'Metro'?
August 10, 2012 7:40 AM PDT
Microsoft and its partners can no longer legally use the term "Metro" in Windows 8. But why the change and why now? Read more
The bottom line: The HTC Arrive, Sprint's first Windows 7 phone, is a solid effort that largely delivers, although it will disappoint those looking for a 4G smartphone.
The bottom line: The Dell Venue Pro is a well-built and smooth-running Windows Phone 7 device, but its large size will be a turnoff for many.
The bottom line: The hardware could use a bit of updating, but the HTC HD7 for T-Mobile combines the power of Windows Phone 7 with a large touch screen and delivers satisfying performance.
The bottom line: Some design issues aside, the LG Quantum is a solid Windows Phone device with a spacious QWERTY keyboard for messaging fanatics.
The bottom line: Anyone looking for an alternative to the iPhone, but who wants better multimedia features and a more organized user interface than Android offers, should look at the Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7, which has all that plus solid performance and a sleek design.
The bottom line: The HTC Surround features the high-quality design that we've come to expect from HTC, but the only thing its built-in speakers really add to the phone is weight. Unless you're set on the speakers, the Samsung Focus is a sleeker Windows Phone 7 device for AT&T with slightly better performance and options.