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.