Microsoft held an event yesterday to take the wrappers off more than 500 new features for its Windows Phone OS, with a software update codenamed ‘Mango’ due later this year. There wasn’t much to say directly about music, although the ability for Windows Phone apps to multi-task will be a benefit for streaming music apps on the platform. Microsoft said that 18,000 apps are now available on its Windows Phone Marketplace store, and made a point of noting that this means it has overtaken BlackBerry-maker RIM. The company also talked about how it is planning to drastically expand the distribution for Windows Phone smartphones, particularly in Latin America and across Europe, with new handset maker partners Nokia, Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE coming on board with their first phones in the coming months. Source: Mobile Entertainment

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