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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.