Windows Phone 75 adds FacebookAIM chat visual voicemail SkyDrive support

Microsoft has officially confirmed that the Windows Phone 7 Mango update will indeed be branded as Windows Phone 7.5, and there’s plenty of buzz about a spate of new features which are due to arrive. Forget about your silly NoDo-enabled copy and paste functionality, Windows Phone 7.5 comes packing a pair of instant messaging additions and a whole lot more.Native Windows Live Messenger support was revealed just last week, and now the Developer Podcast has revealed that Facebook and AIM chat will also be baked in. Windows Phone 7.5 is also adding two more messaging features: group messaging and visual voicemail. The group feature will allow you to choose between email and SMS, and it will tell you which group members you’ve got a valid address for should you decide to go with a mail blast. Visual voicemail will be built on the OMTP standard, just as it has been on iOS and Android.SkyDrive and Office 365 will built into the Windows Phone 7.5 Office Hub, which will make accessing your Office files in the cloud an absolute breeze. There’s also improved Xbox Live integration, allowing users to automatically connect to the service and sync game data. The lockscreen will also get a little love, with a new option to display the album artwork for your currently playing audio track.Previously announced 7.5 goodies include webOS-style multitasking, Internet Explorer Mobile 9, and Twitter integration. For developers, Windows Phone 7.5 will improve access to phone functions and adds APIs for hardware like cameras and accelerometers.While all the new features sound great, I’m just hoping the update process goes a little bit more smoothly this time around. I still can’t get my Surround 7 to make the move to NoDo.More at WinRumors