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Windows Phone "Mango" was unveiled today in a Fujitsu-Toshiba handset in Japan a day after Microsoft announced in its blog that it had "signed-off" the release of its newest operating system to manufacturing hands.
The blog continued by saying that what now remains is optimizing the code to handsets and to mobile operators for specific network configurations.
Microsoft hopes that its newest mobile platform, code-named "Mango" for now, will thrust it back to the smartphone market that hasn't been very appreciative of its products so far. In fact, Microsoft's market share in the smartphone market has been dwindling.
Last year, when Microsoft launched its first mobile OS version of the Windows Phone 7, it failed to attract many buyers. And according to IDC, Microsoft's smartphone market share for the 1st quarter of 2011 was 2.7 percent, a dramatic decrease from its 7.1 mark in 2010.
The Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T handset running "Mango" features a 3.7 inch touch display with a novel 13.2 megapixel camera and a battery life of 11 days on standby mode or 6 hours in conversation time.
It also features 32 GB of memory and a waterproof system with an IPX5 rating, according to PCWorld.
Mango will bring multi-tasking back to the mobile table and according to Microsoft, its 500 improved features include enhanced emailing and optimal and intuitive communication with friends and family.
The Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T is the first unveiling of several mobile devices that will be released this fall, including the highly-anticipated Nokia model that Microsoft believes will help it become widespread and a serious competitor in the raging smartphone battle.
No price was released for the IS12T on Wednesday.