HTC HD2 owners hoping for some good news regarding a Windows Phone 7 series upgrade for the HTC HD2 can it seems now officially lower their expectations to zero.
Microsoft has confirmed, in an interview with APC Magazine, that the device does not meet their very strict criteria for the new OS.
Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoftâ€™s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, told APC:
â€œBecause we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradableâ€; the HD2 â€œdoesnâ€™t qualify because it doesnâ€™t have the three buttonsâ€.
Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, hinted to APC that it may be due to more than that however. â€œThere are some hardware components that the HD doesnâ€™t haveâ€.
Microsoft is hoping to keep Windows Mobile 6.5 in the market as a low cost and enterprise platform however, and hope recent enhancements to the OS will keep it competitive.
â€œWe think there are people who will want 6.5, and the 6.x platform has a lot of enterprise and line of business appsâ€ Kwan said. â€œA lot of 6.5 applications have been built very much from the old paradigm of the stylus. Those legacy apps will be a lot more compatible on 6.5.3 because we have magnifier technology which lets you use your finger for navigating, even though it has a much bigger surface area.â€
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