While we here at TNW have had Mango for some time, hordes of hungry developers have been forced to wait to get their hands on the next version of Windows Phone. That ends today, as Microsoft has released Mango to its developer community.
Microsoft is distributing Mango to developers now as part of an ‘early release’ program that will over the next several week expand into a global release:
For Mango, that starts today with an early access program for developers. We’re still working out some final kinks in the distribution and support infrastructure for delivering Mango to all of our registered developers around the world, but are inviting the most eager developers to come get Mango today, for their retail devices, as part of our early access program!
In our review of mango we called it ‘what Windows Phone 7 should have been at launch,’ and we meant it. While WP7 is a promising platform, its still small market share is a testament to its imperfections. Mango goes a long way to smoothing out the operating system’s rough edges, and filling out its feature holes.
As a part of the early access program, the following countries are supported: “Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.”
If you country is not part of that list, you might have to wait a bit longer. Then again, after the NoDo distribution fiasco, are you surprised that Microsoft is taking its time with this release?