HD7S_FrontREDMOND, Wash. — May 24, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet.

The “Mango” release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall. More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability. Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Windows Phone Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets.

See the full press release at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/may11/05-24WinPhonePreviewPR.mspx.

See the team blog post and press conference replay video for more information.

The 4G phone mention at the 1:23 mark in the reply got my attention. Looks like Santa will be bringing me a new phone this fall. According to Andy Lees remarks, this should happen before the launch date anniversary.  I really hope that's true. 4G speed for the new "Mango" features will rock.