Windows phone 7 upgrades may be possible; up to OEMs ... maybe

The big news of the day (on an evidently slow one) is that Microsoft may allow OEMs to upgrade devices to Windows Phone 7 Series software.

Shocking, we know. You can sit back down now.

Considering we've heard a lot about a certain HTC HD2 aiming for an upgrade (from  HTC no less), it sure doesn't seem like a stretch to see this happen for certain "qualifying" devices.  Now what exactly constitutes qualification, is not too clear. Devices like the LG eXpo were slated to release with WP7, but since it lacks a capacitive screen ...?

Basically, Tracy and Matt asked Microsoft's Alex Reeve (Director of the company's UK Mobile Business Group) on Twitter about the upgrade possibility and he tweeted back with 

It's early days yet, and that's really for our hardware partners to think about.

So there you go, 100% definitive proof that OEMs can think about doing something with certain devices. Whether it actually happens? That's a whole 'nother ball of wax. Try not too loose any sleep over it tonight. [Updated to fix source]

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6 Comments
  • wish i could just make my own phone and choose which OS i want on it. or better yet, just have all of them
  • Hmmmm. Thinking triple boot loader shows up on XDA to let you pick WM6.5.3, WP7 or Android about a month after WP7 RTM :) Up to OEMs, or up to XDA ...
  • Capasative screen or not, you know the cooks on XDA and PPCgeeks will have a flashable version out there for owners of older devices.
  • Ah, that ol' Monaco slide makes an appearance. i always thought that the inclusion of Windows 7 was a typo since those slides aren't known for always having the most accurate data.
  • It helps find potential issues with your computer
  • OEMs can think about doing something with certain devices. Whether it actually happens,That's a whole another ball of wax. Try not too loose any sleep over it tonight.