Remember all that talk about Microsoft's upcoming "Mango" update for Windows Phone 7? You know, the update which will supposedly bring a variety of new features to the Windows Phone 7 operating system in order to put it in a better position to compete in the smartphone market? Well, the good news is that the wait for Windows Phone "Mango" is finally over; Microsoft has announced that they have officially signed off the latest build of the mobile operating system with the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) stamp of approval.

If you happen to be a proud owner of a Windows Phone 7-powered smartphone and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the highly-anticipated "Mango" update Microsoft has promised for its operating system, this will probably be of interest to you. Apparently, Microsoft has announced that the "Mango" update for Windows Phone 7 has finally achievd Release To Manufacturing (or RTM) status, a milestone where the Redmond giant will " hand over the code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations".

According to a blog posting made by the Windows Phone team, the company is now focused on "preparing for the update process". The team has claimed that the Mango update for existing Windows Phone 7-powered handsets is expected to be ready for users to download in fall this year, while new Windows Phone handsets will ship with the "Mango" update pre-installed on them.

Lastly, the Windows Phone 7 team has also touted some of the new features users can expect to see in the "Mango" update, such as the inclusion of a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9, support for multitasking, along with Conversation View and Threads, which are designed better manage a user's email discussions and social conversations respectively.

Source: Windows Phone Blog