Natasha Kwan, Microsoft’s General Manager for Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific market, has stated that all current Windows Mobile 6.x.x devices will not be upgraded to Windows Phone Series 7, including the HTC HD2 that many have not met initial specifications “because it doesnâ€™t have the three buttonsâ€, pointing to the requirement that Windows Phone 7 Series devices feature a maximum of three hardware buttons.
Kwan further stated:
â€œBecause we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable.”
Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, further stated that â€œthere are some hardware components that the HD doesnâ€™t have.â€ which can be taken to mean that the HD2 does not feature components powerful enough to meet the yet unknown Chassis 1 specifications for Windows Phone 7 series.
The complete specification for the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices is expected to be revealed during this monthâ€™s MIX developer conference in Las Vegas.
Microsoft will also update Windows Mobile 6.5 to 6.5.3 before the Windows Phone Classic rebrand takes place, and Kwan states this will enhance the experience for 6.5 users.
â€œA lot of 6.5 applications have been built very much from the old paradigm of the stylus. Those legacy apps will be a lot more compatible on 6.5.3 because we have magnifier technology which lets you use your finger for navigating, even though it has a much bigger surface area.â€