Steve Ballmer was busy over the weekend at the Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011 and buried in his presentation was a comment he made about the next version of Windows Phone and that it would have over 500 new features! Ballmer also said that the Mango event which Mobility Digest will have our very own Ramon Trotman at reporting live that they will announce new carriers and OEMs as well as some Mango development tools that would come shortly after tomorrow’s announcement.

Windows Phone sits on the precipice of something very huge and I think tomorrow’s announcement could vault Windows Phone back to a true consumer contender with the likes of arch enemies Apple and Google. Microsoft’s only Achilles’ heel could lye in it’s past track record of execution. Ballmer illustrates this by saying it (Windows Phone) came to market a year later than he “wished it had”. But the platform is out now and rolling out updates has got to be job one for Microsoft. New exciting devices with an updated Mango OS by Christmas could make for a very good year for Microsoft in 2012 indeed!

Check out the video below for the words right out Ballmer’s mouth and stay tuned for Ramon’s reporting from the Mango announcement tomorrow once again held in New York!




  1. I was kind of meh about the upcoming announcement but with the slip that over 50 new features would be coming in Mango I am extremely excited to watch and cover the event. Tomorrow is going to be such a great day for early adopters of Windows Phone and for Microsoft.

    Part of me wishes there wasn’t as many early leaks so that the competitors could be blindsided and have no time to implement similar features before the phones launch. I still remember Apple coming up with GameCenter at WWDC to match the Xbox Live announcement by Microsoft last year. It was obviously a new, incomplete idea that was a response to a Windows Phone feature.

  2. @Murani Lewis: I’ve seen this written in a couple of places now and before I watched the video, I was certain that he said 50 new features. Then again, I thought the same thing about the number of API’s that are going to be released (I thought 150 vs the actual 1500).

    Tomorrow might just be one of the biggest days in MS mobile history. It’s going to be very interesting to see what they announce and how far away it is to being in my hands.

  3. According to Engadget:

    “Update: We have confirmation from a reliable source that tomorrow’s event will be entirely focused on the software, not the hardware. So, anybody looking for a flotilla of new handsets to be deployed had best get their favorite crying pillow handy.”

  4. That makes sense. I can’t imagine OEMs would show off phones that far in advance of an actual release. I’m particularly interested in what phones Asus may release, if any. The developer phone that the WP7 teams in Microsoft use, looks slick.

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