|Table of versions: Windows Phone 7.5
"Windows Phone 7.5" codename "Mango" was announced in February 2011 at the Mobile World Congress. The update was formally announced in New York on May 24, 2011, when Microsoft gave an in-depth preview of the update, shortly before which Steve Ballmer had disclosed that there would be over 500 features. Although the OS internally identifies itself as version 7.1, it is marketed as version 7.5 in all published materials intended for end-users.
Microsoft started rolling out Windows Phone 7.5 to both the United States and International markets on September 27, 2011. The first phones that came pre-loaded with Windows Phone 7.5 were released in the last quarter of 2011.
|2011 September 27
- Messaging and social integration
- Dynamic Live tile information
- Twitter and LinkedIn integration in the People hub.
- Groups: organize contacts by groups which can also be pinned on the start screen.
- Contact cards now include all the contacts conversation history (SMS, emails, MMS, Messenger, etc.)
- Facebook Places check-in support.
- Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat integration.
- Threads: all messaging communication organized in a single thread (Messenger, SMS, MMS).
- Threaded email conversations support.
- Outlook tasks support.
- Facebook events integrated into the calendar.
- Linked email accounts: multiple email accounts can be combined and linked into one inbox.
- Built-in voice-to-text/text-to-voice functionality, which will allow for hands-free texting or chatting.
- Server search for Exchange.
- Information Rights Management support for emails and Office documents.
- Visual Voicemail
- Bing Vision: barcode, covers, posters, products scanning, and OCR text translation.
- Bing Audio / Music: Shazam-like audio recognition.
- Bing Local Scout: "around me" business and POI locator.
- Bing Quick Cards: product/media information, reviews.
- Bing Search: indoor maps (US only), image search results, third-party app integration.
- Bing Maps: turn-by-turn navigation, voice guidance.
- Skydrive and Office 365 documents sync (PDF also supported).
- Excel Mobile now supports adding additional macro functions.
- Microsoft Lync support via downloadable app.
- Added "To-Do" option when editing OneNote pages.
- Removed ability to edit Office documents from versions older than Office 2007.
- People / Groups gallery with Skydrive and Facebook sync.
- People tagging in the photos with Skydrive and Facebook sync.
- Photo auto-fix - automatically improves sharpness, brightness, etc.
- Pictures tile is now animated.
- Video sharing via MMS, Facebook, Skydrive, and email.
- Twitter integration—Tweet your pics!
- Integration with the People Hub.
- Quick access to the Camera Roll.
- When you choose a photo from within an app, you can now pick from online albums on Facebook or SkyDrive, not just pictures saved on your phone.
- Pin any album to Start, including Facebook albums.
- Zune SmartDJ mix support.
- Artist picture now displays on lock screen when music is played.
- UI change of the media controls on the lock screen.
- Ability to control video aspect ratio during playback.
- Single music track repeat without having to pin it on the start screen.
- Podcast downloads / subscriptions over the air (US only).
- Open / play media content by voice.
- Ability to create and save playlists.
- Revamped Marketplace UI and search.
- UI changes (new icons + added arrow icon on the lower left of the viewfinder to indicate camera roll).
- Settings are now saved when the Camera application is closed.
- Disable/enable shutter sound.
- Support for front facing camera.
- Touch focus and capture—Tap any spot on the screen to focus there and take the shot. (This varies according to hardware—some phones will have tap-to-capture but will still automatically center focus.)
- Review pictures above the lock—Snap a photo when your phone is locked, then take a peek at it above the lock. You’ll only be able to get to photos you just took—better for security.
- Changes for portrait orientation—Now, when you take a picture in portrait orientation, you’ll see it in portrait orientation when you review it.
- Redesigned Games hub with integrated 3D avatar and avatar customization.
- Friends and achievements now integrated in the hub.
- Fast Async for multiplayer games.
- Internet Explorer 9 Mobile
- Hardware-accelerated rendering.
- Support for HTML5 audio and video playback.
- Background HTML5 audio playback.
- Geolocation support.
- New UI with URL bar at the bottom of the screen.
- URL bar is now available in landscape mode.
- Removal of Find on Page feature
- Moved the "tabs" button to a menu item under the application bar.
- Voice commands are now disabled when the device is locked.
- Complex (alpha-numeric) PIN support.
- Internet sharing
- Battery saver: phone automatically disables power consuming services and applications running in the background if the battery is low. Also predicts time remaining on battery.
- Ringtone manager with custom and downloadable ringtones.
- The "People" tile has been reworked and is animated differently than before.
- Search icon and quick jump list added to the application list.
- Support for 16 new languages: Czech, Danish, Hungarian, Dutch (Netherlands), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Finnish, Swedish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Japanese.
- East Asian handwriting recognition.
- Support for new languages and emoticons in on-screen keyboard.
- Hidden WiFi network support.
- Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 support.
- Programs menu will have alphabetical options similar to the people functionality
- Power off now requires a swipe down gesture after holding down the power button for a few seconds.
- Removal of "soft-on" alarm feature
- Modification of alarm sleep interval
- Development API changes and additions
- Third-party application multi-tasking and fast application switching.
- Support for background tasks and services/agents.
- Expanded live tiles that can be updated without network connection and can have two sides which flip periodically.
- App Connect: third-party applications can integrate with Bing search, have multiple live tiles, and can have push notifications that link deep ("Deep Toast") into various parts of the application directly.
- Optional 32 bit color support for Silverlight applications with hardware dithering.
- Silverlight 4 support.
- Silverlight + XNA support in the same application screen.
- Raw camera feed access for third-party applications.
- New sensor API combines compass, gyroscope, and accelerometer.
- Improved Listbox control with better scrolling performance.
- Improved WebBrowser control with IE9 rendering engine and system-wide cookies access.
- Clipboard API.
- Hardware-accelerated video decoding in the MediaPlayer control.
- TCP/IP and UDP sockets support.
- Embedded database with LINQ (based on SQL Server Compact 4.0 engine, but without direct SQL execution).
- Background file transfer agent.
- Generational garbage collector.
- NEON/SIMD support for XNA applications.
- Fixed email issue in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
- Fixed voicemail notification issue.
- LTE support
- Fixed keyboard disappearing bug
- Fixed location access issue
- Other bugfixes
- Initial release for AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 & HTC Titan II.
|2012 June 28
- Better media messaging
- Ability to send ringtones via MMS
- Export and manage contacts to SIM card
- Support for low-cost devices with 256 MB RAM and low clock CPU.
- New wallpapers
- Letter indexing
- More reliable notifications
- Attachment download with Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
- Faster numeric PIN response
- Location awareness icon
- Minor improvements and changes
Also confirmed are 23 additional markets including; Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam. This update will also include a Skype application. The Nokia Lumia 610 and ZTE Orbit, introduced at Mobile World Congress in 2012, are the first phones to run the mango update.
- Fixes an issue with app purchases in some regions.
- Changes default sync times for email.
- Provides support for phones without physical camera buttons.
- Provides other Windows Phone improvements.
|Table of versions: Windows Phone 7.8
|This version does not support USSD.
Previously released Windows Phone hardware is incapable of being upgraded to Windows Phone 8, due to changes in the kernel requirements and hardware specifications. However, Microsoft announced at the Windows Phone 8 announcement event that Windows Phone 7.x devices would receive a free upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8. Nokia's first flagship Windows Phone Lumia 900 has been updated to Windows Phone 7.8 update in several countries. The update includes some of the features present in Windows Phone 8, including the revised start screen and additional unspecified functionality.
|1-2 February 2013
- New start screen UI with customizable sizes of the tiles, as found in Windows Phone 8
- New splash screen at startup, the phone displays the new logo of Windows Phone 8
- New logo for basic applications such as Games, Office, Windows Phone Store
- 20 accent colors (one for the manufacturer or the operator), as Windows Phone 8
- Improved lock screen similar to Windows Phone 8, presence of dynamic wallpaper (Bing) notifications and probably third-party applications
- Volume control problems
- Data consumption issues with certain apps
|14 March 2013
- Intermediate update
- Features "several quality improvements"
- Enabled Tethering Wi-Fi in Samsung Omnia GT-I8350
|14 March 2013
|Table of versions: Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 (codenamed Apollo) is the next generation of Windows Phone, as officially confirmed by MS at an MSDN seminar in August 2011 and previewed at Microsoft's 'sneak peek' at Windows Phone on June 20, 2012. Devices will be launched by four companies, Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC and others include Acer Lenovo and ZTE. All devices will be based on System on Chips from Qualcomm (Snapdragon S4 Plus). Current Windows Phone 7.x devices will not be able to run or update to Windows Phone 8 and new applications compiled specifically for Windows Phone 8 will not be made available for Windows Phone 7.x devices.
The GDR3/Update 3 update is possible to install on any Windows Phone with GDR2 by registering for a free Microsoft App Studio ID, installing the certificate sent by email (not necessary) and lastly installing the Preview for Developers app before checking for updates in the settings menu on Windows Phone. However, this may void the OEM and carrier warranty of the device.
|29 October 2012
- Transitions to core components from Windows 8, including kernel, file system, drivers, network stack, security components, media and graphics support
- Support for multi-core CPUs of up to 64 cores (system is currently optimized for Snapdragon S4 dual and quad core processors)
- Support for WXGA (1280×720, 1280×768) resolutions
- Support for MicroSD cards
- Internet Explorer 10
- Background multitasking (enhanced)
- NFC support added, including payment and content sharing with WP8 and Windows 8 machines (NFC is partially supported in Tango update, e.g. ZTE Orbit)
- Native code support (C and C++), simplified porting from platforms such as Android, Symbian, and iOS (Native code is also supported in WP7 for vendors, carriers and key partners)
- Simplified porting of Windows 8 apps to Windows Phone 8 (compatibility with Windows 8 'Modern UI' apps)
- Carrier control and branding of "wallet" element is possible via SIM or phone hardware (Orange will be first)
- Nokia map technology (Navteq maps with offline mode, turn-by-turn directions)
- Native 128-bit Bitlocker encryption, Secure Boot
- Remote device management of Windows Phone similar to management of Windows PCs
- VoIP and video chat integration for any VoIP or video chat app (integrates into the phone dialer, people hub)
- In-app purchases
- Firmware over the air for Windows Phone updates
- Minimum 18 month support of Windows Phone updates to WP8 devices
- Camera app now supports "lenses", which allow third parties to skin and add features to camera interface
- Camera burst mode that let users choose the best picture from a series of pictures
- Camera panoramic setting using Microsoft's PhotoSynth technology
- Possibility to take screenshots
- Deeper SkyDrive integration, including ability to sync data such as music collections
- Data Sense tracks and reports data usage, lowers data usage when nearing pre-set data cap, enables compression of websites through cloud service, locates WiFi hotspots
- Scrapped Zune desktop software for syncing
- Kids corner
- Live Apps
8.0.10211.204 (GDR 1)
|11 December 2012
- Messaging improvements - multiple recipients when sending messages, automatically saving unsent drafts, possibility to edit forwarded messages
- Text replies to incoming calls
- Internet Explorer improvements - prevent pictures from downloading automatically, possibility to delete selected sites from browsing history
- Wi-Fi connectivity - option of keeping WiFi alive while screen is off, Wi-Fi network prioritization
- Other unnamed improvements
8.0.10327.77 (GDR 2)
Also called: 8.0.10328.78 (GDR 2)
|12 July 2013
- Google accounts. Windows Phone 8 now supports the CardDAV and CalDAV protocols that allow people to sync Google contacts and calendar information when they get new phones.
- Xbox Music. Easier to select, download, and pin music. More accurate metadata and other performance improvements.
- FM radio. Possible to listen to FM radio from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
- Data Sense. Possible to set a limit based on the data plan (already included since initial release for Verizon subscribers)
- Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype features improved stability and performance.
- Internet Explorer. Better browsing experience with improved HTML 5 compatibility.
- Camera. Set favorite Lens so it opens automatically when pressing the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
8.0.10512.142 (Update 3)
Also called: 8.0.10501.127, 8.0.10517.150, 8.0.10521.155 
|14 October 2013
- Support for large displays and start screen with six tiles across instead of four (only for supported devices)
- 1080p screen resolution support
- Support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC (Quad-core CPU)
- New Driving Mode feature to ignore texts, calls and quick status alerts, plus auto-reply via SMS to people trying to contact you
- Accessibility improvements for visually impaired
- Improved Internet Sharing (pair over bluetooth with Windows 8.1 devices and ICS is set up automatically)
- Ability to leverage custom notification sounds, including instant messages, emails, voicemails, reminders and custom ringtones to contacts for text messages
- Screen Rotation lock
- Better storage management
- Ability to close applications in app switcher
- Wi-Fi access during phone set up
- Bluetooth bug fixes and improvements to connection quality for Bluetooth accessories
- "Hundreds of under-the-hood performance tweaks and enhancements"
|14 April 2014
- Preparation for Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade
|Table of versions: Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8.1 (codenamed "Blue") is Microsoft's next major update to Windows Phone. The focus of the update is to bring the OS up to feature parity with competing Android and iOS operating systems, and to continue the unification of Windows Phone with Windows as a step to Microsoft's long term goal of one Windows. 
On February 10, 2014, Microsoft started sharing its Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) with developers and the changes and new features for Windows Phone 8.1 in the list below have since been confirmed. The final version of the operating system was revealed to the public on April 2, 2014 at Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco, and will be officially released in mid-April 2014.
Documentation for the SDK also confirms that all current Windows Phone 8 devices will get the 8.1 upgrade. Windows Phone 8.1 apps will not run on WP8 devices, but older apps made for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 will run on WP8.1 smartphones.
On April 14, 2014, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 through its developer preview program which, although contrary to the name, is accessible to any user.
|April 14, 2014
- User Interface
- Action Center showing actionable (if developer enabled) notifications, accessed by swiping from top to the bottom
- Quick settings access in action center with four configurable shortcuts to: Bluetooth, brightness, camera, flight mode, internet sharing, location, project screen, rotation lock, VPN, Wi-Fi
- Start screen backgrounds
- 'Cortana' smart personal assistant, based on the Bing service
- Swipe down to close apps in multitasking view
- Silent notifications which go directly to the Action center
- Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
- Possibility to mark a Live Tile as read by swiping from the left of said tile
- Support for virtual on-screen buttons called 'Navigation bar'
- Navigation bar color selection
- Gesture keyboard
- General user experience changes
- Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)
- Back button doesn't close application
- Contact speed dialling
- Contacts only with phone number shown
- Contacts with inner circle; up to 40 contacts
- Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
- Favourite photos by tapping a heart icon
- General keyboard enhancements, show emoji when typing
- In-call speech commands
- Kid's Corner - Password won't be displayed (bug fix)
- Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
- Quiet Hours - Disable notifications during pre-selected time-frame
- Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up
- Search button will be the new way to open Speech (aka ‘Cortana’)
- Separate volume controls for ringtones/notifications and music/media
- Set default Voice Navigation app for the OS
- Voice Narrator for Accessibility
- USB action choices
- File picker
- Wi-Fi Sense: sharing secured WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense
- Wi-Fi can auto re-enable after a set duration of time
- New technology support
- VPN (Virtual Private Network), auto-triggered VPN
- Wi-Fi Direct, allowing direct peer-to-peer connections over Wi-Fi without an access point
- Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS
- Miracast; PlayTo and mirroring of Windows Phone screen to TVs and/or monitors
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Dual SIM
- Mouse and keyboard (HID)
- Support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/400/400 LTE
- Full support for TD-LTE and SGLTE
- Internet Explorer 11
- Normal mapping
- File uploads
- File downloads to local storage
- Password manager
- Video player including HTML5 video support (video playback doesn't have to be full screen)
- Tab, history, favorites and password synchronization with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1
- Forward and back by swiping right and left
- Ability to install apps, save photos, app and game data on inserted SD Cards (apps on SD Cards only allowed from one originating phone)
- Auto-updates for apps (like Windows 8.1), including when only on Wi-Fi
- App Suggestions by location
- Better backup functionality including app and game data to OneDrive (if developer enabled)
- Battery power sense, monitors app battery usage
- Battery Saver (under Battery Sense) will have an app exclusion list
- Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt
- Possibility to change default texting application
- Podcast app powered by Bing, full featured
- Facebook and OneDrive photos integration in photos app removed
- Office apps support password protected documents
- Office Lens support for scanning documents with camera, import into Office with OCR
- OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) with integrated file browser (like Windows 8.1)
- Twitter integrated more deeply into the contacts Hub
- Updated calendar app with weather for days and week view
- Updated camera app, similar to Windows 8.1, with burst mode and HDR
- Updated email app with ability to always download emails and pictures within them, sync with accordance to usage patterns
- Updated messaging app with ability to mute thread
- Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed)
- Xbox Game Hub redesigned
- Chkdsk for SD cards to ensure card health
- The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
- Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app
- Virtual SmartCard support
- Wallet supports tickets, membership cards, and Passbook
- Ability for operators to install certain applications once SIM card is detected
- Ability for operators to control Data Sense limits remotely
- S/MIME to sign and encrypt email
- Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
- Access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware
- Certificate management to enroll, update and revoke certificates for user authentication
- Enhanced MDM policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control, in addition to richer application management such as allowing or denying the installing of certain apps.
- Developer features
- Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
- Support for 384×640, 540×960 and 1440×2560 screen resolution
- Geofencing API for location-based reminders
- Audio/video transcoding (same API as in WinRT), hardware accelerated
- Media editing: audio and video effects; slow motion video
- Apps can capture audio/video from themselves
- XAP file format replaced with APPX (like Windows 8.1)
- XNA support removed
- Stereoscopic 3D support
- New developer tools including: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker