No Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade expected for exisitng WM 6.x.x devices

No Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade expected for exisitng WM 6.x.x devices
There might be a lot of customers who might feel a bit displaced after some revelations were made about the potential of current Windows Mobile 6.x.x devices getting the upgrade to the Windows Phone 7 Series platform. With T-Mobile expected to launch the venerable HTC HD2 soon, consumers might be tempted to purchase the premier Windows Mobile handset because of its possibility of seeing the light of the next incarnation of Microsoft's platform. Unfortunately Windows Phone 7 Series stops at the current line of WM handsets after Natasha Kwan, Microsoft's General Manager for Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific market, made some waves saying that all WM 6.x.x devices will not get the upgrade; including the HTC HD2 that some might have thought met the specifications. Kwan said, “Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable.” The one point where the HTC HD2 misses out on is that it has more than 3 dedicated buttons that's stipulated by Windows Phone 7 Series. Still, that doesn't mean that there might be a distinct potential of seeing it on existing handsets which may come through with the aid of the crew over at xda-developers.

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11 Comments

1. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Microsoft are you kidding me! Your not gonna give the HD2 and other devices that meet the requirements because they may have more then 3 hardware keys. That has to be 1 of the dumbest PR moves that Microsoft could make at this point in time and all your gonna do is limit the chances of windows 7 being succesful and hurt the OEM's. Hopefully XDA will have a customer ROM out for all devices that are getting shafted by Microsoft!

8. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

Microsoft is starting from ground zero and leaving windows mobile in the past. its a bold move but its a statement that i think is positive ans stern. they want windows phone seven to be a new platform and this seems to be the correct way to start the new windows phone experience. Although, i do think they should make an exception for the HD2 because it has the hardware to support any OS. it wont really dampen the experience. I agree with this move.

2. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

I propose this Asia-Pacific gal doesnt know jack. It's way too early to say. Besides, too many buttons is not a problem.. its too few buttons that would be.

3. T DAWGv12

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

MS would be inexcusably shooting themselves in the foot here before they even get out of the gate if this is true I have a bad feeling MS is going to go all apple restrictive with widows phone 7 and lose all of the open customizability that windows mobile has. This would end up screwing things up for everyone. We'll have to wait and see.

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Dispicable move by MS ...but I have to agree. In the past one major failing of winmo has been that it's often porter to phones that cheapen the experience or even ruin it becausethe hard ware doesn't match the software 100%. Look at the touch pro for example. Winmo works great but on a touchscreen that size even with senseUI it's abhorrent to use. I think this "no exceptions" stance is what MS needs to make 7 succesful.

5. david_the_gom

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

WM7: No customization over UI, No multitasking WM6.5: Fully customizable on UI, Multitasking I don't see any reason to upgrade to WM7.. i'll just stick to WM6.5.3... whole lotta better than old-ass 6.1 oh, btw, nrgz's Energy Rom is fxckin great!! Also, if i can install android on my TP2, why should i bother trying to fight to get upgrade to WM7? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQUICjVhfAY

6. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

LMAO, so more keys is actually BAD on this one. 5 buttons cannot cover what 3 buttons can do is what they are trying to tell the customers. Maybe that's why 6."5".3 WinMo needs 5 buttons lol

7. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I agree with herbiederb - more keys will just let you assign them to what you want. And I'm sure the xda-developers crew would love to show MS what they can do with the phones that MS neglects.

9. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

WinMo 7 needs 3 dedicated buttons, which are: Back, Home and Search HTC HD2 has 5 buttons for, Call, Hang-up, Back, Home and Window It seems like HTC HD2 has 2 of the buttons that WinMo7 requires. I would suppose it would not be hard to assign the WINDOW button as the SEARCH button... it's only the matter of picture decal on the button

10. ILOVEtechnology unregistered

That really sucks for that phone, but that phone is a monster.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

good thing windows phones dont sell much anyways.. LOL. This sux though. Its going to be hard for many to justify getting the HD2 now with windows 7 right around the corner. Maybe its all for the best. Windows has been way too diluted over the years. Another reason to keep loving on android till further notice.. LOL

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