Microsoft shared even more details of the Windows Phone Mango update at the
TechEd 2011 conference being held in Atlanta this week. A couple of the new
productivity features are things I have been hoping for and again serve to
convince me to stick with Windows Phone as my primary platform.

The upcoming features announced today include:

  • Pinnable e-mail folders: Pin a folder to the start screen
    for quick access. This could be an email folder for a specific project, from a
    specific group or person (like your boss;), or an RSS feed you’ve set up in
    Outlook;
  • Conversation view in e-mail: E-mails in your inbox are
    organized by conversation, bringing replies to a thread into a consolidated view
    so it’s faster and easier to stay on top of the conversation.
  • Server search: Search your email server (e.g. Exchange
    Server) for older emails no longer stored on your phone, giving you ready access
    to all of your mail.
  • Lync: Lync Mobile for Windows Phone will provide business
    Instant Messaging and presence so you can stay connected to your colleagues
    while on the go. The Lync app will be a free download from Windows Phone
    Marketplace with access to Lync services that are enabled by your
    organization.
  • Complex password: Additional corporate compliance
    capabilities with support for alphanumeric passwords
  • Information Rights Management: Support for protecting
    e-mails and Office documents
  • Support for Hidden SSID: With support for access to hidden
    corporate Wi-Fi networks, IT organization can stay on top of their game
    providing access to information while meeting corporate
    requirements.

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