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Windows Phone 7 budget edition planned

Windows Phone 7 budget edition planned

Microsoft is planning a slimmed-down version of its Windows Phone 7 platform in order to lower the cost of smartphone ownership.

Microsoft's Sudeep Bharati has revealed that emerging markets such as his own in India would be targeted by a lite edition of Windows Phone 7, with technical specifications that cater to lower hardware requirements.

Any manufacturer looking to run Windows Phone 7 is required to equip their mobiles with at least a five megapixel camera, 8GB of storage space and a healthy 256MB of RAM, which are specs that entry-level smartphones cannot hope to match.

"The low-cost version of the phone will have a different chassis than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end," said Mr Bharati in an interview with Indian business daily Economic Times.

Once Windows Phone 7 arrives there will be far more information available about the way it will work and which mobile phone hardware will be able to harness it.

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