Microsoft has confirmed Telstra, Optus and Vodafone customers with a Windows Phone 7 device are now receiving the latest platform update, dubbed ‘Mango’.
As expected, Microsoft overnight confirmed it has now given the go ahead for its latest update – ‘Mango’ – to be sent out to handsets across the globe, after it was completed and ready for manufacturers at the end of July.
In a bid to avoid the lengthy delays that struck the first ever Windows Phone 7 update, earlier this month, Australian carriers Optus, Vodafone and Telstra confirmed that they’d all approved the update prior to Microsoft’s release.
The update brings a series of new features including an updated web browser that uses the same codebase as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser, as well as more integrated social tools and functionality improvements including the ability to “tether” an Internet connection.
However it won’t be an instant update for everyone – Microsoft says it’ll be slowly “ramping up” the number of updates delivered over the next few weeks, with just 10% of handsets expected to be prompted this week and a further 25% the week after before everyone gets it all going well.
“While today’s rollout includes most of our carriers and handsets, we’re not making Mango available to everyone at once,” Eric Hautala, General Manager for Microsoft Customer Experience Engineering wrote today.
“If a problem comes to light, it’s critical that we can isolate and fix it quickly. So we’re deliberately starting out slow.”
Once an update notification appears on a handset, users must download Microsoft’s Zune software and select “Update Now” to begin the process. If waiting isn’t your thing, some inventive users have found a way to force Windows Phone handsets to update.