We’ve known for a while now that Mango would bring multitasking for third-party applications and Internet Explorer 9, but Microsoft has just used their MIX 2011 Keynote to shed a bit more light on the other new stuff.
All-in-all, Microsoft claims that around 1500 new APIs have been squeezed in for developers to build on.
- Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching
- Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
- Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
That last one — the prior lack of direct camera/motion sensor access — is something that I’ve heard developers complaining about on multiple occasions.