Windows Phone Futures? Skype, Angry Birds, Mango

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 was well received by gadget reviewers after its Mobile World Congress 2010 announcement and November release (in the U.S.). Since then, however, there hasn’t been much marketing of the platform. And, most of the news surrounding Windows Phone 7 has been the slow and painful rollout of the update to its updater to prepare it for the NoDo update.

Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Blog summarized what Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore, had to say about Windows Phone’s recent past and near future.

What’s next for Windows Phone? Just ask Joe

One piece of very good news is that one of the major missing apps for Windows Phone is on its way: Skype. Now, where’s Evernote, Google Voice (perhaps never?), Dropbox, Dragon Dictation, Starbucks, Tumblr, and the official BBC News app?

Next six major games will be making their way over to Windows Phone in something called Six Weeks of Smash Hit Games. Two of these six games are my personal favorites on the iPhone and iPad: Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds.

Finally, he discussed the next (and really first) major Windows Phone update: Codename Mango. Mango will bring the long awaited and much needed multitasking capability to Windows Phone and a better web browser. It will also provide more access to a phone’s sensors.

So, when will this magical Mango update be unpeeled, revealed, and available? “Later this year.”

Via All Things Digital: Microsoft Offers Mea Culpa for Slow Windows Phone Updates, Promises “Mango” Update This Fall