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Microsoft made a splash this week with the announcement of a future update to their Windows Phone 7 platform, called Mango, adding over 500 updates including language support, Xbox live integration as well as their search engine, Bing. Apple also announced that the app store has hit 500,000 apps and Google announced that it would start integrating mobile payments and NFC into their devices.

Windows Phone 7: Mango update will have 500 new features, released this fall - VentureBeat

Microsoft announced a future update to their Windows Phone 7 platform, called Mango, adding over 500 updates including language support and new software.

Apple’s March to 500,000 Apps – GigaOM
Apple has approved nearly 500,000 apps since beginning the App Store in 2008. There are now over 86,000 developers for Apple and 36% of all apps are free.

Google Steps into Mobile Payments – VentureBeat
Google stepped into the mobile payment realm this week with Google Wallet, an app that will help Android users pay for items using their mobile phone. Google hopes to eventually bring this to other phone carriers as well.

iPad Hitting PC Sales – CNET
According to data by iSuppli, the sale of tablets such as the iPad led to a 0.3% fall in PC sales in the first quarter of 2011 compared to that of 2010.

Franken Presses Google, Apple on mobile app privacy policy – Bloomberg
Senator Al Franken of Minnesota wrote a letter to both Google and Apple asking the two companies to consider a user friendly privacy policy so that consumers can understand how their personal information is being handled.

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