Windows Phone 7 " Mango " アップデートは今秋、日本語にも対応

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マイクロソフトが、Windows Phone 7 の次期アップデート " Mango " の概要を発表しました。" Mango " (コードネーム) は、昨年10月に端末が発売されたWindows Phone 7 プラットフォーム初のメジャーアップデートとなるバージョン。SDKの名称としては " Windows Phone 7.1 " が使われています。

" Mango " アップデートは、プラットフォームレベルとアプリの双方で「500以上の新機能」を追加する内容。また日本語を含む多言語への対応も含まれます。発表文や続きに掲載したプロモ動画では、「コミュニケーション」「アプリへのスマートなアプローチ」「ブラウザを超えたインターネット」の3カテゴリーで強化点・新機能が紹介されています。それぞれの例を挙げれば:

Communications: Easier to Connect and Share
  • Threads:SMSやメッセンジャー、Facebook チャットを統合して会話を続けられる。
  • Groups:コンタクトを任意のグループにまとめる。 " Live Tile " としてホームに貼れば、グループ内のステータス更新や新着メッセージをホームから確認できる。開いて同報メールやメッセージの送信など。
  • SNS統合の強化。Facebook や Live に加えて Twitter、LinkedIn もプラットフォームに統合。コンタクトリストに最新情報を自動表示。Facebook のチェックインや写真の顔認識も統合。
  • Linked inbox。任意の複数メールアカウントを統合してひとつのインボックスに (例えば「プライベート」など)。メールのスレッド表示。
  • 音声テキスト入力・テキストの読み上げでメールやチャットのハンズフリー操作。
A Smarter Approach to Apps
  • App Connect。システムレベルの検索や「ハブ」とサードパーティーアプリを接続。たとえば映画について検索すれば、ウェブ検索やローカル検索と同時に IMDbなど映画アプリも表示され、そのままアプリ内で目的の映画を表示できる。
  • Live Tilesの強化。ホーム画面に置くアプリのアイコン (タイル) に、リアルタイムで写真やテキストを表示。単なる数字バッジなどと異なり、通知や位置情報連動などの情報をアプリを開かずにホームを眺めて確認できる。
  • マルチタスク。戻るボタンの長押しで最近使ったアプリの一覧へ。中断した時点のサムネイル画面から選択。
Taking the Internet Beyond the Browser
  • デスクトップとおなじエンジンの Internet Explorer 9 ブラウザ。描画全般のハードウェアアクセラレーションや高速なJSエンジン、ロケーションやカメラ、WP7アプリへのアクセス、HTML5対応の強化など。(動画に使われているHTML5のベンチは、「 iPhone 4 の Safariで 1フレーム / 秒、Android で 10fpsのところ、Windows Phone 7 の IE9なら26fps!」という極端な例)。
  • Local Scout。ローカル検索に、ショッピングやレストラン、観光スポットや「見どころ」など分類されたガイドを統合。
  • Bing on Windows Phone。カメラで画像検索する Bing Vision や 音声検索、音楽検索など。
  • Quick Card。映画やイベント、製品などについて検索した場合、概要情報のまとまった「カード」を表示。ウェブ検索でまとまったページを探し回ることなく基本情報や関連アプリを参照可能。

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Microsoft Previews Next Release of Windows Phone

"Mango" to deliver smarter and easier communications, apps and Internet experiences and bring Windows Phone to more customers around the world.

REDMOND, 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.*

"Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more," said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. "With 'Mango,' Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort."

Communications: Easier to Connect and Share

The smartphone experience can be complicated by a sea of disconnected apps and accounts as people attempt to keep pace with all the ways they communicate - from calls, texts, email and instant messages (IM) to status updates, Tweets, check-ins, photo posting and tagging. To help people stay on top of that growing complexity, the "Mango" release organizes information around the person or group people want to interact with, not the app they have to use.

o. Threads. Switch between text, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.

o. Groups. Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Start Screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group.

o. Deeper social network integration. Twitter and LinkedIn feeds are now integrated into contact cards, and "Mango" includes built-in Facebook check-ins and new face detection software that makes it easier to quickly tag photos and post to the Web.

o. Linked inbox. See multiple email accounts in one linked inbox. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.

o. Hands-free messaging. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

A Smarter Approach to Apps

Windows Phone will challenge the way people think about apps. Today their usefulness is measured by what can be done within the app, but Microsoft sees the promise of apps in how they can be integrated directly into the core experiences of the phone. In addition to making it easy to get timely notifications and updates from apps right from the Start Screen, the "Mango" release also will surface apps as part of search results and within Windows Phone Hubs. As a result, a useful app is more likely to be right there when needed.

o. App Connect. By connecting apps to search results and deepening their integration with Windows Phone Hubs, including Music and Video and Pictures, "Mango" allows apps to be surfaced when and where they make sense.

o. Improved Live Tiles. Get real-time information from apps without having to open them. Live Tiles can be more dynamic and hold more information.

o. Multitasking. Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background, helping to preserve battery life and performance.

Taking the Internet Beyond the Browser

In addition to including Internet Explorer, the "Mango" release will connect the power of the Web to the unique capabilities of Windows Phones, such as location awareness, camera and access to apps, to present a way of viewing the Web that is more localized, actionable and relevant.

o. Internet Explorer 9. A browser based on the powerful Internet Explorer 9 and including support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration.

o. Local Scout. Provides hyperlocal search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy-to-use guide.

o. Bing on Windows Phone. More ways to search the Web, including Bing Vision, Music Search and Voice so it's easy to discover and decide.

o. Quick Cards. When searching for a product, movie, event or place, see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.

Strengthening the Ecosystem

The Windows Phone ecosystem has grown steadily since Windows Phone 7 first launched in October, with more than 17,000 apps currently available on Windows Phone Marketplace and Windows Phone handsets available from a range of partners worldwide, and Microsoft's recently announced partnership with Nokia. "Mango" will further expand and strengthen the Windows Phone ecosystem through new partnerships with Acer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and ZTE Corp., which today announced plans to deliver new Windows Phone devices in markets around the world. Furthermore, Microsoft announced it will support additional languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish, and will greatly expand the list of countries where consumers have access to apps via Windows Phone Marketplace. As well, a beta release of the free Windows Phone Developer tools, which will be used to create the next generation of "Mango" apps and games, will be posted for public download to Microsoft's website within 24 hours of today's events. More information about what "Mango" means for developers, the tools and a link to the public download page is available at http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/05/24/developer-news-beta-mango-tools-available-today.aspx.
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*Data plan required; carrier fees apply. Apps from Marketplace. Features and services vary by area, phone, carrier and service plan.

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