Microsoft Unfussed By Windows Mango Running On HTC HD2

Microsoft doesn't seem to be bothered by the fact that hackers have been able to port the beta version of Windows Phone Mango to the HTC HD2 smartphone, a Windows Mobile 6.5 handset that is at least as powerful as the more recent HTC 7 Pro.

Speaking to AllThingsD's Ina Fried, a spokesperson for Microsoft said “We say tinker away with Mango and enjoy the juice but beware [of] the fine print - unlocking phones may void your warranty.”

Rather than being miffed, Microsoft took the right decision as it looks like Mango is attracting the interest of developers and hackers alike; surprisingly the HTC HD2 is still rather expensive at more than £400 for the SIM free version despite being launched in 2009; that's more than its sucessor the HTC HD7, which is powered by Windows Phone 7. Both come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the QSD8250 clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a microSD camera and roughly the same battery life.

While Mango will be revealed later this year for free for all existing Windows Phone 7 handsets, existing Windows Mobile 6.5 devices will not get any updates and will instead rely on unofficial hacks to get the latest mobile OS from Microsoft.