Microsoft’s first major Windows Phone update is at least several months away. However, they are priming the pump and describing what we can expect. The Windows Phone Blog provides a preview of the Music +Video hub and an explanation why the over-the-air podcast feature will only be integrated in the U.S. release.
Here’s what is new in the Mango Music +Video Hub (let’s call it a “media hub” as shorthand).
– Search for podcasts directly on the phone
– Specify searches for just audio or just video podcasts
– Stream podcasts directly from Microsoft’s Marketplace
– Subscribe to podcasts on the phone
– Download individual episodes instead of subscribing to every one
– Microsoft’s version of Apple’s Genius Playlist
– The Smart DJ works with Microsoft’s Zune Pass subscription service providing millions of pontential trakcs for a mix