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All About WP7S Phones

Mix10 is here and so are the much awaited anouncements regarding WP7S. The blogging world is abuzz with posts regarding the newest phones, the development kits and tools, the customized hubs, the marketplace and its featured apps and even the Metro book, handed out by Microsoft. Instead of elaborating more on it, I would like to just share some of the must read articles out there.

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HD2 WP7S upgrade not possible – Senseless

I was having my morning coffee, reading my blog-roll and things were going as usual , but jst then a piece of news caught my eye and i couldnt believe what i was reading. “HD2 not upgradeable to WP7S OS” , this was not what was unbelievable, but the reason given for this, was what baffled me. Coming from Natasha Kwan, who is the General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, she said that the HD2: “doesn’t qualify because it doesn’t have the three buttons”, which if simplistically put implies the phone will be ruled out bcoz it has five buttons instead of the three mandated for all Windows Phone 7 devices. Huh !! I am sure most HD2 users will be more than willing to rip off the extra two buttons off their HD2s, without second thought just to make their phone compatible for WP7S.. lol.. But as noted by apcmag, There has to be some other reason .. Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, told APC that “there are some hardware components that the HD doesn’t have”. which defintely makes much more sense. Considering the total WP7S experience depends on the smooth transitions between the home screen Start screen and the many hubs. . It surely wont be fun if this is hampered.

HTC’s slick HD2 smartphone seems to have most of what Microsoft wants in a Windows Phone 7 device, except for two buttons too many...

HTC’s slick HD2 smartphone seems to have most of what Microsoft wants in a Windows Phone 7 device, except for two buttons too many...

What would also anger the HD2 users is that having spent a fortune to get the most sort-after phone (one of my colleagues paid as much as 600 euros for it), they will now be absorbed into the pool of “Budget Minded Smartphone Buyers” as Microsoft puts it.  Its far too early to say if the new OS or a stripped sown version of it will be portable to HD2, or the HD2 users will have to be contented with one of the WP7S themes that are currently under developement, but one thing is for sure, Microsoft isnt willing to compromise on any front as far as WP7S is concerned.

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