Windows Phone 7 blocks out popular HTC model, blames buttons
Other smartphones fail to meet criteria too
Windows Mobile 6.5 devices will not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft confirmed to APCmag.com yesterday that users of popular devices such as the HTC HD2 handset won't upgrade to the company's latest operating system for the mobile network.
Even though the HD2 model meets much of the criteria set out in Redmond's 'Chassis 1' specification, which includes a 1GHz Qualcomm processor chip, high resolution touch display and a 5-megapixel camera, the phone doesn't hit the mark because it has five buttons. Windows Phone 7 devices only have three buttons.
One of the buttons on the HD2 would also need to be a "dedicated search key", which the device doesn't have, Microsoft's Asia-Pacific mobile general manager Natasha Kwan told the online tech mag.
“Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable,” she said, pointing out that other devices would be similarly blocked out by the OS design specs.
It's not all about the software, either. Microsoft's Australia biz ops director Tony Wilkinson told APC that “there are some hardware components that the HD doesn’t have” too.
However, the software vendor hasn't revealed the full hardware rundown for its Windows Phone 7 devices yet.
Microsoft is expected to release its Windows Phone 7 operating system towards the end of 2010. ®
That would be . . .
. . . cut nose off to spite their face.
As for the other point, you advise your friends not to but MicroSoft, but are ok with the most restrictive and most expensive mobile phone, that doesn't do any number of things that everyone else can do and when they do include them (copy and paste, for example) make a huge song and dance like it's the second coming.
Managing to be hypocritical in one sentence is an art, it has to be said.
Too many buttons? Why can't they just remap the existing buttons and ignore two of them. Sure, it might mean that the buttons no longer do the function shown on them, but at least people can decide if this compromise is worth while to u/g to WM7.
It needs a dedicated search button? So by dedicated you mean it *has* to have a picture of a magnifying glass on it?
"Depends on the model... Tried putting the "3GS" OS on a 1st gen iPhone?"
Yes, I have 3.1 on my first-gen iphone.