Hoping to offset the high-level barriers that Windows Phone 7 specifications require of mobile manufacturers, Microsoft has announced it will create a slimmed-down, "budget" version of the operating system.
Windows Phone 7 is due to make its first appearance on handsets later this year. It has drawn a lot of buzz with a sweeping overhaul of Microsoft's previous Windows Mobile 6 OS.
But that buzz comes at a cost. With requirements like 8 GB of storage space, a 5-megapixel camera, and at least 256 MB of RAM, Windows Phone 7 shuts out a lot of handset makers right from the gate.
Now, according to a recent article in India's Economic Times, entry-level manufacturers can also get a piece of Microsoft's new mobile pie, but they won't get the full experience.
Microsoft rep Sudeep Bharati was quoted as saying in the article, "The low-cost version of the phone will have a different chassis than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end."
This will not only bring the OS to more companies on the equipment side, but it also works for consumers as well, allowing at least a shell of Windows Phone 7 to be available on entry-level devices. That's better than just relegating it to the high-end tech-savvy market.
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