No Windows Phone 7 Upgrades For Windows Mobile 6.5 Users

The Windows 7 mobile operating system, which was revealed by Microsoft at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, will not be able to run on the latest Windows Mobile devices as they don't meet the system hardware requirements set-up by the software giant for the new mobile platform.

According to an article on, Microsoft’s General Manager of Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region, Natasha Kwan said that devices running the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 will receive significant upgrades but they won’t be able to upgrade to the Windows Mobile OS, which will be launched later this year.

The technology blog also reported that the users of the latest HTC HD2 touchscreen smartphone, which is running the Win Mob 6.5 won’t be able to run Windows Mobile 7 as the device comes with 5 buttons, two more than what is required from a device running the operating system.

Commenting on the hardware requirements of software giant's flagship OS, Kwan said in a statement that “A lot of [windows mobile] 6.5 applications have been built 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.”

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Interestingly enough, the HTC HD2 includes some of the most advanced mobile hardware technology available including a 1-GHz Qualcomm processor, a high-resolution touch screen display, a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.5-mm headphone jack.

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