There were hints via Twitter last night that devs might get a taste of Mango sometime today and magically Microsoft’s Brandon Watson just made this happen with a post on the official Windows Phone Developer Blog entitled “Developers Get Goody Basket Full of Mangos.”
Here’s the official word:
“We know that one of the most impactful things we can do for developers is to help them get their hands on the actual product. 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! We expect the full distribution infrastructure to be fully operational in the next couple of weeks. For now, consider yourself a beta tester for the distribution process. Registered developers will get invites to the Microsoft Connect site, which will give them access to Mango. This build of Mango should also be viewed as beta quality, so there are still consumer features missing, but you can now start building apps and testing them against retail devices.”
Of course, all of this means that we are getting very close to a Mango release. Myself and many others expect mango to be generally available sometime in September, although, Microsoft has yet to announce an official date. While we are likely a few months away from general availability, it’s great to see the devs getting their hands on the pre-release software, because they are the ones building the great apps and games that really make the OS shine.
Read the entire post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.