The original Windows Phone 7 was arguably as limited as a 2007 iPhone in a 2011 world, but Microsoft aims to change that radically this week with the launch of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and Dan Rubino and our sibling site WPCentral has been on it like Balmer on a dance beat.
Despite fairly universal praise for its original, elegant Metro UI and finally getting Xbox integration underway, Windows Phone hasn't taken off the way iOS or Android have in the market. Will Mango make a difference? Closing the functionality gap is one thing, closing the mind share gap is something else entirely. However, Microsoft did manage the previously inconceivable -- a worldwide, cross-carrier, cross-device update to the new firmware, so who knows?
Check out WPCentral's complete coverage via the link below and then come back here and tell us if Apple needs to raise the game next week when they show off the final version of iOS 5 and introduce the next generation iPhone.