Microsoft rules out WP7 upgrade for the HTC HD2 because of hardware buttons? Don't be so sure...

According to Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, the HTC HD2 doesn’t qualify for a Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade ” because it doesn’t have the three buttons”. Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, also added that “there are some hardware components that the HD doesn’t have”. First off, it doesn’t lack the three buttons. It actually has too many buttons (but one is labeled Home instead of Search/Bing). Secondly I directly asked HTC last week about a potential WP7 update for the HD2 and they didn’t rule it out at all, telling me that they can’t speak on this matter yet but that the HD2 is fully capable of running WP7. When Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman was asked the same question saturday night during the Engadget Show he just answered “Come to MIX” and finally Microsoft already officially said that more will be revealed in March:

Remember that until we get an official announcement nothing can be ruled out.

Source: APC

  • Jacquie Tenterfield

    Microsoft’s announcement that no current Windows Phones will be upgradeable will be a serious blow to the OEMs such as HTC who are still trying to sell current Windows Phones to the public, such as the HTC HD2.

    Of course, HTC will be worried. The HD2 handset was just about to be launched in the US market. This latest announcement from Microsoft will kill sales.

    It’s almost as if Microsoft doesn’t care about OEMs or sales of Windows Phone 6.x. They are charging towards WP7S at the end of the year, and nothing else matters.

    I can’t see very many people now purchasing a Windows Phone in 2010.

  • Jacquie Tenterfield

    Microsoft’s announcement that no current Windows Phones will be upgradeable will be a serious blow to the OEMs such as HTC who are still trying to sell current Windows Phones to the public, such as the HTC HD2.

    Of course, HTC will be worried. The HD2 handset was just about to be launched in the US market. This latest announcement from Microsoft will kill sales.

    It’s almost as if Microsoft doesn’t care about OEMs or sales of Windows Phone 6.x. They are charging towards WP7S at the end of the year, and nothing else matters.

    I can’t see very many people now purchasing a Windows Phone in 2010.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    My impressions after talking with both Microsoft and HTC is that all the blame shouldn’t be put on Microsoft’s shoulders. Both parties are trying to dodge the bullet but several MS reps already told me that they don’t see any reason why a WP7 upgrade for the HD2 wouldn’t be possible (saying that it’s the OEM/carrier who has to decide). It’s a money problem (WP7s licenses aren’t free & HTC would prefer to sell a new SKU with WP7 this fall instead of buying licenses for devices already sold) and HTC is also pissed of at MS because of the new “NO UI skinning” policy in WP7 (without Sense HTC has no longer any really advantage compared to a similary speced Samsung/LG WP7 phone and they just can’t compete against them in terms of manufacturing power, remember that HTC only pumps out 12M phones per year compared to 100Ms at LG/Samsung..)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    My impressions after talking with both Microsoft and HTC is that all the blame shouldn’t be put on Microsoft’s shoulders. Both parties are trying to dodge the bullet but several MS reps already told me that they don’t see any reason why a WP7 upgrade for the HD2 wouldn’t be possible (saying that it’s the OEM/carrier who has to decide). It’s a money problem (WP7s licenses aren’t free & HTC would prefer to sell a new SKU with WP7 this fall instead of buying licenses for devices already sold) and HTC is also pissed of at MS because of the new “NO UI skinning” policy in WP7 (without Sense HTC has no longer any really advantage compared to a similary speced Samsung/LG WP7 phone and they just can’t compete against them in terms of manufacturing power, remember that HTC only pumps out 12M phones per year compared to 100Ms at LG/Samsung..)

  • Tugga

    With the announcement that WP7 will not be supported on HTC HD2, where does that leave HTC and T-mobile ? Surely not in a good spot.
    But why would HTC sell the most powerful smartphone on the market when it knows that the sales will be killed due to the announcement ? And surely they should do everything in their power (unless MS pushes back) to make sure WP7 can be used no HD2 at a later point.
    I feel sorry to see this happen to HD2 coz i surely was looking to buy it. But now i wont.

  • Tugga

    With the announcement that WP7 will not be supported on HTC HD2, where does that leave HTC and T-mobile ? Surely not in a good spot.
    But why would HTC sell the most powerful smartphone on the market when it knows that the sales will be killed due to the announcement ? And surely they should do everything in their power (unless MS pushes back) to make sure WP7 can be used no HD2 at a later point.
    I feel sorry to see this happen to HD2 coz i surely was looking to buy it. But now i wont.