While Brandon had learned that Windows Phone 7 devices do come with removable memory cards, those cards will not be user replaceable. Microsoft’s Todd Brix had stated that fact when I had a chance to sit down with him at MIX10 in Las Vegas earlier this year, and Microsoft’s recent statement to the matter confirms what Brix had already told us.
According to Microsoft on its Windows Phone 7 website, “Windows Phone uses a special highperformance SD card that works differently than SD cards in other devices. When your phone is built and first set up, its internal storage and SD card are combined and recognized as one storage system.” The company also warns users to not remove the memory card as it could damage the file structure of Windows Phone 7, noting that “Existing data on the phone may be lost, and that SD card can’t be used in other devices or Windows Phones.”
Microsoft could potentially avert controversy with Windows Phone 7’s limited storage–devices that are available at launch will be limited to 8 GB or 16 GB–by offering cloud-based storage solutions. With Windows Phone 7, music can be streamed with Zune Pass, and if Microsoft moves to an automatic photo and video backup system a la the now defunct KIN Windows Phone, physical storage may really be a non-issue for many users. Let’s see if the company could integrate all the consumer-focused features of KIN into Windows Phone 7 down the road.