Most of us overlooked the name Microsoft gave to their new line of mobile phone operating system. Why was it called Windows Phone 7 series and not Windows Phone series? Now, according to a podcast from Microsoft Australia developers Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates, there shall be three ‘chassis‘ upon which Windows Phone 7 series will run.
“Chassis 1 is for PC makers developing “big touch screen” phones. These will be touch-only devices, with 1 GHz processor and a dedicated graphics processor. These are the phones that will be out first at launch this holiday season.
Chassis 2-compliant phones will support real sliding keyboards plus touch. These would be more Palm-Treo-like.
Chassis 3 phones might be candy bar phones”
So these will be three platforms or series that every version of Windows Phone moving forward will be built for.
Microsoft’s biggest ever attempt at making a re-entry into the smartphone segment could see some delay. According to reports on The Street, a software issue on the Windows Phone 7 OS could mean that handsets running on the new operating system may not launch by the end of the year as expected.
Reports on The Street also claim that Microsoft is also talking with Taiwan based manufacturer Asustek over launching a Microsoft branded smartphone to the market. While rumors on Redmond’s “Pink Phone” have been doing the rounds for quite some time now, the new reports come from NorthEast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar who claims to have made the assessment after speaking to Microsoft’s suppliers.
For now, we will have to take the news of the delay with a bit of skepticism. First and foremost, details regarding the launch were made just a few days back at the MWC; so there are unlikely to be any major issues to have been detected since then. Also, with nearly 10 months to go before the holiday shopping season begins, it is very likely for any software issue to be sorted out by then.
What do you think?
[via The Street]