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Microsoft revamps phone software, adds handset makers

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A Windows Phone 7 is seen at the Windows Phone 7 launch press conference in New York, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi Microsoft Corp launched an update of its Windows phone software on Tuesday, hoping a host of new features will help it close the gap on smartphone leaders Google Inc and Apple Inc. The updated software, code-named Mango, will appear on new Windows phones beginning this autumn, and be available for existing Windows phone users before that, although Microsoft has not set a timetable for making the update available. The update -- announced eight months after the launch of Windows Phone 7 -- involves 500 new features, including Internet Explorer 9 as the mobile browser, integrated Twitter and LinkedIn feeds, automated Facebook check-ins, and access to more than 17,000 downloadable applications. The update improves Microsoft's distinctive "live tiles", which allow users to see real-time information on the phone screen without actually opening an application, and allows more than one application to run at the same time. Read More

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