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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