Yes, for real this time. My belief is that Microsoft had already hit RTM with the Mango update a few days when it was originally reported, but for some unknown reason they put off announcing it officially until today via their official Windows Phone blog. I could be wrong of course, but it’s interesting that Mango officially hits RTM just few days after it was reported, but that’s neither here nor there.
The official word has hit and it’s exciting to finally hear that Mango is in the hands of carriers and manufacturers for testing. Here’s the word from Microsoft’s Terry Myerson:
Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” – the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system. This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.
No matter when it was finished is really irrelevant, what’s important is that Mango is nearly at the finish line and based on my experiences with the beta of Mango, this is going to be a game changer.