Microsoft Goes Official With 256MB Windows Phone Limitations

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We’ve already heard quite a bit about the limitations that new budget-priced Windows Phone Tango hardware with 256MB of RAM will face. Microsoft recently revealed a bit about compatibility issues existing apps might have when trying to cram-in to the newly-reduced memory space. We’ve also seen some leaked screenshots that attempted to highlight broader changes to the platform that Microsoft is making in order to keep Tango running smoothly on these handsets. Today, Microsoft acknowledges those rumors, updating its Windows Phone support pages to describe some of these low-RAM limitations.

Most of these changes we’ve already discussed to some extent, like decreased video support. While earlier we heard that 256MB phones would face restrictions when streaming, here Microsoft confirms that the issue is with certain HD video codecs. Other features that won’t be present for 256MB handsets include fast app switching, managing podcast subscriptions, watching any sort of video podcasts, using Local Scout, and automatically uploading pics to SkyDrive.

Microsoft also confirms some new Tango features, like the location icon we talked about earlier, and also the improved MMS functions and SIM management we’ve heard rumored before.

Source: Microsoft

Via: LiveSide, WMPoweruser

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