The smooth Mango delivery shows how far Windows Phone has come #

And quietly, in the corner, Microsoft continues a successful roll-out of Windows Mango, now available to roughly half of the Windows Phone smartphones (and those of you who know you can “cut the cord“). It may be a smaller footprint of devices, but they still have to navigate a number of different models, manufacturers, and network requests. Samsung Focus aside, Microsoft has learnt from the NoDo update at the start of the year, and given that, what else do you think they might have learned.

With Palm’s WebOS effectively off the table, Research in Motion in decline, and Symbian loosing market share, Microsoft are well placed to ensure third place in the OS charts this festive season. And then the fun starts.

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