New behind-the-scenes videos and more on Marketplace

Normally I try not to duplicate what we publish on our sister blogs, but today I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss a few things Todd Brix talks about today in his post on the Developer Blog, since it’s stuff that’s interesting and relevant for any phone owner.

First, Microsoft’s Channel 9 today is publishing a series of fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the engineers who created the new Mango features we just announced. While the videos are billed as being for developers, don’t let that scare you off. Even if you have only a casual interest in the phone, I think you’ll find them enlightening and worth 10 minutes of your time. Here’s the lineup:

  • Ian Todd talks about the new email, texting, and instant messaging features coming for Windows Phone and how and why they were designed.
  • Jared Brown discusses Local Scout and some of the other Bing search-related innovations on the way.
  • Andrew Clinick runs through the new capabilities coming for app makers. (Yes, this one’s a tad more technical, but still provides a fascinating peek into what kinds of cool apps you might be seeing in the months ahead.)

Next, check out what Todd has to say about a pretty exciting service coming later this year: An online version of Marketplace, which will make it easy to browse and buy apps and games for your phone on the web. While we announced it yesterday, I think it got lost in the sea of cool new Mango features. It’s going to be really handy. Here’s an early peek—look for more screenshots in Todd’s post.

Finally, head over to our Facebook page and check out our fun (albeit very unscientific) poll of what Mango features people are most looking forward to using.