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Windows Mobile Handsets May Get 7 Series Upgrades

Gordon Kelly by

Well this could make all the pain and suffering worthwhile...

Speaking on Twitter, Alex Reese - the head of Microsoft's mobile business group - admitted Windows Phone 7 Series upgrades may be available for devices running versions of Windows Mobile. "It's early days yet, and that's really for our hardware partners to think about," tweeted Reese in response to a question about potential upgrades.

While not much to go on, what Reese says is very different to the 'clean break' approach Microsoft had stressed Windows Phone Series 7 would make. In fact it flies in the face of the company's new hands-on stance with manufacturer hardware and an enforcement of minimum specifications.

Consequently, should Reese's statement be true rather than simply misconstrued what it suggests is certain current or imminent high-end handsets would sneak inside Microsoft requirements. Most obvious amongst these would be the HTC HD2 with its 4in capacitive touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon core while Toshiba's recently announced TG02 and K01 would also qualify.

Such a stance would make a lot of sense since it would mean Microsoft doesn't kill all interest in its new Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handsets in the (potentially long) wait for Windows Phone 7 Series to launch. That said, even with Microsoft's backing, owners would still need to rely on some open and positive thinking from networks and that is hardly their forte...

Link:

Reeve's tweet

via Engadget

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lensmann

February 27, 2010, 7:10 pm

WinPho 7 Series looks very intriguing. I seriously hope, though, that Microsoft doesn't forget all about the enterprise market and what we want from smartphones in its rush to provide a shiny iPhone-esque UI. It'd be a shame if RIM were to become the only manufacturer left to cater to those of us for whom smartphones are as serious a work tool as PDAs used to be back in the day.

jingyeow

February 28, 2010, 1:43 am

All this praise about the interface, and I think it looks awful and unwieldy. I wouldn't be surprised if MS decided to do a u-turn in the interface, as productivity looks like it will suffer heavily.

Andy0d2

February 28, 2010, 3:41 am

In fairness to Microsoft they have genuinely come up with a great interface. They did it with the first gen zune that went up against the ipod classic. Despite its exterbnal appearance the interface won it critical acclaim as it did again last year with the zune HD interface, which windows mobile 7 is heavily based on. I really hope that zune pass comes to the UK (download all you can eat (non of that fair usage ****) music for about £9 a month and get to keep 10 DRM free MP3's each month. It almost pretty much pays for itself when put against other DRM free competitors.

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