Windows Phone to get full Multitasking Capability soon

The new version of Windows Phone OS, codenamed “Mango”, is going to bring in more capabilities that app developers can leverage. At MIX’11, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone “Mango” is going to bring in multi-tasking capabilities which allow the apps to run in the background and process tasks. Apart from this their development platform is going to allow developers deeper integration into the phone’s API and hardware access. Apps can now make better use of LiveTiles and access the camera and motion sensors. Developers will get early access to these through the new version of the SDK which should be out in May.

In related news, according to Microsoft’s press release Skype is coming soon to Windows Phone as well! Read the press release after the break.  With all these going into the Windows Phone OS, a combination with this and Nokia’s hardware seems to looking better each day. What say you, does the mango taste yummy yet? We’d love to hear your comments!


Here’s the a segment from Microsoft’s Press release regarding the new capabilities which will come soon Windows Phone.

New Opportunities and Capabilities for Windows Phone

Today, Microsoft provided the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone, arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. The new application platform enables developers to take advantage of the following:

  • Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching
  • Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
  • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences

Developers will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities to create even more creative and engaging Windows Phone apps and games.

The free Windows Phone Developer Tools for the new Windows Phone OS will be available to developers in May. With 38,000 registered developers, more than 13,000 available apps and 1.5 million downloads of the original Windows Phone Developer Tools, developers are the foundation of the fast-growing Windows Phone ecosystem.

Today, Microsoft also provided an early glimpse of app concepts for the next version of Windows Phone OS with new experiences from Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger.

“Windows Phone is an incredibly fun and easy platform for developers to work with, and Kik was thrilled to have the chance to create a concept with the phone’s next-generation developer tools,” said Ted Livingston, CEO, Kik Messenger. “In only two weeks, we had an amazing new app that looks and feels like an extension of the phone itself, creating a customer experience like nothing we’ve seen before.”

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