There has been a lot of hints pointing to a Windows Mobile 7 update for the HTC HD2 lately. Besides the specs of the device matching the WM7 Chassis, we found mentions of WM7 in the latest buid of HTC’s Sense (Manila) and HTC Russian unofficially “announced” a future update for the HD2 (retracted the next day).
This time the info comes straight from Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager for the Windows Phone division. He said the following to BetaNews when talking about Windows Mobile 7:
“Our fragmentation issue is primarily around screen resolutions and assuming a minimum CPU and storage. So it has been a little bit challenging, because that choice, that flexibility, that freedom that people have to build any kind of device and use any kind of device: touch, non-touch, keyboard, soft key, has required a little bit extra effort in some cases for developers to target apps that run across a wide array of devices,” Sullivan said.
“But the (HTC) HD2 is a great early example of our new approach…We’ve got capacitive and multi-touch support in a Windows Phone, and that’s because we did the platform work while working very closely with HTC to do the hardware/software integration.”
“So how are we having our cake and eating it too? We’re going to continue the horizontal market, but work very closely with our hardware partners to provide more guidance on the platform so we don’t have nine different display sizes that independent software vendors have to target…maybe just two…
“We’re going to continue investing in the user experience, and the legacy pocket PC 1999 UI that still kind of shows up if you drill down pretty deep? that’s another thing that’s changed.”
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