Mango imminent, to be released over ‘next week or two’

On Wednesday, September 20th, Microsoft has finally made an official statement about the timing of the Mango release on their Windowss Phone Blog.

This specific post also served as a humble reminder and cautionary advice column about the dangers of updating via bootleg, or homebrew hacks (oops).

Eric Hautala writes:

“This also seems like a good time to caution against installing unofficial or
leaked copies of Windows Phone software.

During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone
will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and
paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone—and apps—work with
all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper
firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg
updates and homebrew tools.”

So all of you who paroused the xda-developer threads to get your hands on the Mango update long before it was scheduled for release like I did: you better have kept your backup! If not, don’t fret as the Windows Phone Support Tool can refresh your phone to factory defaults. (Warranty still considered voided though, sorry)

So all you 7 users, hold tight. The update of the year is coming soon. In fact, a few carriers (Vodafone and Telus) have already been rumored to have completed their Mango testing.

Oh! And don’t forget: when you update your Zune software to 4.8 make sure you help the Zune and Windows Phone team out by checking the “customer experience program” box so they can make updates better!