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Overview of New Business Capabilities for Windows Phone Mango announced at TechEd 2011

Overview of New Business Capabilities for Windows Phone Mango announced at TechEd 2011

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What a great week in Atlanta at TechEd 2011. As you made have heard, we disclosed a number of new capabilities this week that will become available in next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango. Of the new capabilities and enhancements that were announced, I think the integration with Microsoft cloud platforms and services, specifically Office 365, is important news. If you have not considered Office 365, I encourage you to sign up for a beta account and give it a try at


Here is an overview of what we disclosed at TechEd. I will be updating the technical articles on the Download Center in the next month to reflect some of the new functionality.

  • Outlook Mobile will support conversation views and the ability to organize email automatically by conversation, using the real conversation ID from Exchange Server. Doing it this way, and not just simply sorting on the subject line, has the advantage that conversation rules in Outlook on the PC also apply to Outlook Mobile  on Windows Phone. You cannot set them on the phone, though; you need a version of Exchange Server that supports this, either Exchange 2010 or Exchange Online in Office 365. This capability will make reading and managing conversations a lot easier.
  • Individual Outlook folders will be pinnable to the Start screen for quick access. So if you have a folder for a specific project that stores all email related to that project, you can easily access it directly from the Start screen. If new email arrives, the Start screen tile will let you know at a glance.  :-)
  • Server search will also be available so users will be able to search in the server for email messages that are no longer in their phones.
  • There will be Information Rights Management (IRM) support for both email and documents in Outlook Mobile and Office Mobile. This is a big subject, so I will write a separate blog on this and an article, too.
  • We have added complex password support, with associated Exchange ActiveSync policies, so organizations can implement this if they choose to.  
  • We’ve also added built-in Office 365 auto discovery and auto provisioning capabilities, which will make it simple and easy to connect to Office 365 Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync services. We demonstrated Lync Mobile for Windows Phone for the first time. This Lync client will enhance Unified Communications with instant messaging and presence on the phone later this year. And did you know you can manage all the EAS policies in Office 365?


There were lots of Windows Phone activities at the conference. The Windows Phone booth in the expo received a lot of traffic, and there were demos and all the latest Windows Phone devices so attendees could give them a try. The Windows Phone educational sessions were well attended, and there were also many developer workshops. If you wanted to give app development a try, “From 0 to a Windows Phone App in Two Hours” was the best option. Windows Phone session information can be downloaded from the Microsoft TechEd North America website.


On the application platform side of Mango we also introduced “targeted distribution,” which will allow a developer to submit a Windows Phone app as “hidden.” As a result, the app will not be discoverable in Windows Phone Marketplace. The developer can then distribute a deep link to a targeted group of users, say employees of a company, and have them install the app using the deep link. This approach will give organizations the option to upload business-focused apps and get them to their employees.


Windows Phone is the smart choice for businesses. It integrates with existing Windows infrastructures and Office 365, apps can be developed quickly, and the most recent announcements lay a foundation for new productivity and collaboration possibilities powered by Office 365.


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  • Any RDP client release plans?  Mobile 6 was nice since you don't have to lug a laptop everywhere to perform server administration tasks...

  • I think more important than all of the above is internet tethering or WIFI router options.

    I used to use this all the time on my HTC HD2 (Windows Mobile 6.5).

    video calls would be nice too.

    there's no option to divert if busy.  need to use codes to enable them.

    There's a long way to go for Windows phone to go before it's as good as the competition.

  • This is a step to far away from wm 6.1

    i can not know

                               load and use app like sprintdb ( database )

                               download my music from a P.c.

                               use active sync to link outlook to P.c. Now only one way plus if know costs (data useage )  

    this is just a start but i am now going to use some other system

  • I don't like conversation views. That is one thing why I prefer Hotmail over GMail. I understand other people like it, though. ¿Will it be optional, just like in Hotmail? Thanks.

  • I hope in Mango we can sync our Drafts in Outlook. That would be helpful.

    This week I left work with a half drafted email. I assumed I can get to it thru my WP7.

    I foun out that I couldn't.... fingers crossed that this little feature and folder becomes avail to Sync

  • Will they prevent hardware manufacturer from putting software layers over making mango work bad ?

    HTC is a prime exemple of this...

  • I still need VPN / RDP and 100% Outlook syncing...must have's...stuck with my Android Samsung Infuse until I see these options in WP7...I can sync Contacts, Calendars, Notes and Tasks via Companionlink/DejaOffice on my Droid...was very sad not to see this on WP7.

  • One more note...I am a fan and supporter of WP7 and I want it to succeed. I was on Windows Mobile since my PocketPC days with my Dell Axim. I am on Android for 2 reasons...I had to replace my aging HTC Fuse and WP7 wasn't out yet, and to me, Android is like Windows Mobile 6.6 in a wasn't hard to make the move...I love having file system access, VPN/Remote Desktop, 100% Outlook syncing...I really like Metro and WP7 but the true enterprise and power user usefulness of it are still lacking.

  • I very much wish someone would address the question of Asian language support. I bought my HTC HD7 from Taiwan Mobile and then discovered it has no support for Asian languages (Chinese.) When copy/paste came out, I thought that would solve my problem by using an app to enter Chinese, BUT copy/paste doesn't support Asian Languages either. <sigh>

  • Please, please, please. Bring back the Remote Desktop Connection in WP7 which was present in WM 6.1... It was very useful to me having access to my server anywhere I am... especially when I'm stuck in traffic and the server needs immediate attention. I love the zooming capabilities in WP7, I just hope if ever RDC is made available, it can allow same zooming capabilities in the remote desktop of the server being accessed.

  • Can we please please please! improve the ability to connect to corporate networks. I wanted a windows 7 phone for work but it will not connect to EAP-ttls PAP wireless network so no dice :(

  • @eric le pic - We already do. Al Windows Phone have the same user interface, manufacturers do not need to add interface enhencements.

  • @ Conversation Views. This is the default with Mango, but you can easely switch to the date sorted view and make that the default view.  

  • @ Jim Kay - Asian language support is comming in Mango.

  • We must have direct synchronization from the Phone to the computer!!!!!!! Using an insecure wireless connection is not a good option. Nor is loading information on a webpage somewhere. We need options to put office documents directly on the phone, and pull them off the phone. This should be restricted to objects not connected to Exchange, SkyDrive, or SharePoint. And NO COMPANY should dictate what I do with my personal files, it is NON of their business what documents that I have on my phone. If I am synchronizing files with my deskop computer (like Live Mesh), then it MUST be hands off to the company.

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