Microsoft's big MIX conference is going on right now in Las Vegas and, while the topics of the event cover all kinds of products from the Redmond-based firm, today Windows Phone 7 spent some time in the spotlight. One of the biggest tidbits of news to come from the gathering is that the next big WP7 update, codenamed Mango, will indeed be coming later this year, dispelling previous rumors that claimed that the update would be slipping into 2012. Microsoft also reiterated some of the marquee features that'll be included in Mango, including multitasking, a mobile version of IE9 featuring hardware acceleration, support for Twitter in the People Hub, and improved support for Office documents in SkyDrive. Along with Mango, Microsoft previewed some new apps that'll be coming to WP7 soon, including Skype, Spotify, and Layar.
Windows Phone 7's NoDo update only began rolling out to devices within the past few weeks, and still hasn't officially arrived to AT&T customers, but it's easy to see why many folks are already looking forward to Mango's arrival later this year. We'll be sure to keep you updated on Mango, including any other surprises that Microsoft may have in store for the update. In the mean time, though, you can check out the MIX keynote, where all of this new WP7 info came out, when it's posted right here later today.