The new range of Windows 7 Series phones from Microsoft will not include the latest Windows mobile from handset manufacturers HTC, the slick and shiny HD2, as it “doesn’t qualify because it doesn’t have the three buttons”.
Microsoft’s general manager for Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, Natasha Kwan, told Apcmag.com that the five-button smart phone would not qualify for an upgrade to the brand new, as yet unreleased, Windows 7 Phone Series operating system.
Apparently, this does not just include the HD2 in particular or any HTC phones, but all current Windows Mobile 6.x devices.
"Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series, the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable," added Kwan.
HTC is a confirmed partner for the new Windows Mobile 7 Series operating system so the new phones will have three physical buttons, one of which will be a dedicated search button.
By Marie Boran