Windows Phone has come a long way from the initial launch release, through NoDo, all the way to Mango and it appears that so has Microsoft in its perception on hacked, ported or you name it versions being flashed on older hardware.
Five months ago Microsoft was not supporting “Windows Phones that have been altered from manufacturer and carrier specifications”, cautioning “that such alterations can dramatically impact reliability, performance, compatibility and security”. Now, Redmond just smiles and says “tinker away with Mango and enjoy the juice”, with reference to Windows Phone Mango Beta being ported to older hardware, like the HTC HD2.
The words above come from Microsoft spokesman Bill Cox who also added: “beware the fine print unlocking phones may void your warranty”. The company might have sufficiently matured in order to accept and even maybe salute the idea that, besides growing its user base (by a very small margin though), this is all in its best interest. Users are building up the buzz and spreading the word about Windows Phone and Mango, which is something the platform really needs nowadays, at least until Mango comes out this fall and hopefully meets proper carrier support and push.