Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Got An Older Windows Phone? No Windows Phone 7 OS For You!

Bad news for those of you currently using a Windows phone, Natasha Kwan, general manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, told APC Mag that none of the current Windows Mobile OS based phones will be eligible to be upgraded to Windows Phone 7 Series because they don’t meet the hardware criteria that Microsoft has mandated for phones running the new OS.

Last month when Microsoft introduced the new Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain they set forth a strict set of required specifications and upgrade guidelines to address the growing issue of fragmentation — a complex hardware ecosystem that requires developers to code several versions of one app to sell on one platform for different types of phones. By setting stricter requirements Microsoft hopes developers won't have to work as hard to get apps coded for their new OS. However until now the company has been vague about exactly what the required specifications would be for Windows 7 Series phones.

Kwan doesn't give specific details on what the new requirements will be but she does say “Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable."

Microsoft says it will not completely abandon the current Windows Mobile 6.x platform once Windows Phone 7 arrives. The OS will be incrementally upgraded and rebranded as Windows Phone Classic thus being retained for budget-minded smartphone buyers as well as business customers with 6.x-based apps.

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