In October 2010 Microsoft ceremoniously binned 10 years of Windows Mobile development to unveil Windows Phone 7, a completely new approach to mobile phone platforms.
Whereas the old Windows Mobile resembled a cut-down Windows desktop operating system – complete with a hardware pointing device – the new platform boasted a tile-based, touch-screen user interface that was fast, slick and easy to use. With popular services such as Windows Live, Google Mail and Facebook integrated, access to the Windows Phone Marketplace and the addition of Xbox Live integration, Windows Phone 7 has spent the last 12 months slowly building its user-base.
However, the original release was far from the finished product. A minor revision was released in early 2011 that added copy and paste functionality, but the platform still had various problems such as missing APIs and a lack of a Windows Live Messenger app.
Windows Phone 7.5 is the official title for the update known as “Mango". It is available to existing Windows Phone users as an update and comes as the native OS on the new range of phones.
How far does it go in resolving the shortcomings of Windows Phone 7?