Microsoft this week shipped its Windows Phone "Mango" update to phone makers--adding key features to the smartphone OS that Microsoft is pitting against Apple iPhone and Google Android. Check out this visual tour of seven significant new functions.
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Microsoft hasn't forgotten business users with Mango. The update will provide a direct connection to the company's new cloud-based Office 365 productivity suite. That means users can get access to their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files anywhere, anytime, as long as they have phone service. Whether this and the other new features that Mango adds to Windows Phone 7 are enough to make the platform viable remains to be seen. The jury will remain out until Microsoft's partnership with Nokia is fully implemented. If the world's biggest phone manufacturer by volume can't give Windows Phone 7 traction, maybe nothing can.