Windows Phone 7 Mango - HTC HD7s 2

Just as we became wrapped up in even more rumors surrounding the iPhone 5, Microsoft reminded us that it has big things coming too. In a post on its Windows Phone Blog, the company has announced that the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update that you've all been waiting for will be here "in the next week or two."

Microsoft's Eric Hautala says that following recent rumors that have been guessing the Windows Phone Mango release date, he wanted to "bring you up to speed on that to expect next."

"For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we'll also refresh the Where's My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide rollout status."

Hautala also mentioned those leaked Mango firmwares that have been available for weeks through unofficial means, and warned users that it's not a great idea to install these on your handset:

"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."

In order to prepare yourself for the official Windows Phone Mango release, Hautala reminds you that you'll need to download and install the latest version of either the Windows Phone 7 connector application for your Mac, or the Zune software for PCs. Without these programs, you won't be able to update your phone.

It won't be long, then, before Microsoft finally pushed the update out to Windows Phone users. Who's excited?

[via TechRadar]