Microsoft to give away Mango devices to developers and early ROMs ? [UPDATED]

Microsoft has clarified the situation around the “early Mango access for developers” thing that Joe Belfiore announced on Twitter a few days ago. Un-surprisingly the company isn’t going to push out Mango early to registered developers but will instead hand out development devices with Mango pre-installed to a select number of developers similar to what the company did last year prior to the launch of Windows Phone 7. This may be disappointing to some but it’s clearly the way to go to prevent people from registering to the dev program in masses just to get early access to the update (tech support would have been a mess too).

To update Joe’s tweet: We’re working on a plan. Just like last year, when we made developer phones available with the Windows Phone 7 OS, we plan to have developer phones this summer supporting new Mango features like the gyroscope. We don’t have any dates to share just yet, so stay tuned.

The developer handset will most probably be the HTC Mazaa that has been used in all Windows Phone 7 Mango demos so far.

UPDATE: Scratch all that. Apparently Microsoft’s Cliff Simpkins confirmedĀ  that registered developers will get access to Mango via an update if things go as planned:

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AT&T CEO disappointed by Windows Phone 7 sales but confident about Mango

Speaking at the D9 conference, AT&T’s CEO Ralph De La Vega noted that Windows Phone 7 devices haven’t sold as well as Microsoft and the carriers expected (I wonder why…crappy marketing maybe?). Fortunately for Microsoft, De La Vega quickly followed up by saying that the Nokia partnership could help the platform’s adoption if the Finnish mobile manufacturer can bring compelling products to the market (on time ?).

Mango’s new services and additional features are also something that the carriers CEO sees as good thing for the future of the platform.

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HTC HD7S available on AT&T

The HTC HD7S is now finally available on AT&T more than three months after its initial announcement. As you most probably already know the HTC HD7S is essentially just and HTC HD7 with a Super LCD screen instead of the regular TFT-LCD panel so there’s no need to really discuss the hardware side of things here. If you are on AT&T and wish to acquire this handset just hit the Amazon link below and will be eligible for a $25 gift card too: