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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango released today

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango released today

Microsoft has begun pushing out the swizzy new version of its smartphone operating system, adding a suite of smart new features to Windows Phone-powered handsets.

The 7.5 version of the software, informally dubbed Mango, brings 500 new features to the platform, including much improved integration of social networking contacts and calendars.

Owners of the likes of the Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Mozart can also look forward to slicker multi-tasking, with users now able to switch between applications without closing down apps that are already running.

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And rounding things off is a revamped applications marketplace, local search enhancements and more efficient web browsing.

The update, which Microsoft formally announced way back in May and is available as a free download, comes at a make-or-break time for the Windows Phone platform if it’s ever to challenge the hegemony of Android and the iPhone.

Next month will see the arrival of the first-ever handsets created with Mango in mind, with much-needed new hardware due from Nokia, HTC and Samsung spearheading the OS's second charge.

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