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Microsoft has been speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011 and amongst the wide range of topics he covered he also spoke about the next version of Windows Phone 7.
He revealed that â€œMangoâ€ will have 500 new features, and promise that handsets running the updated OS will be coming to Japan later this year.
He also said tomorrowâ€™s Mango event will reveal details of the OEMs and carriers, lending some support to the rumour that a number of new devices are set to be announced tomorrow. Also revealed at the event was that the Mango development tools will be released at the end of the week.
See the full streaming video of the conference here. The relevant Windows Phone 7 section starts around the 29 minute mark.
See also a round up of the rumours regarding Mango in this post here.