Windows Phone 7 has been successfully ported over to the HTC HD2.
The ROM, made available by a group calling themselves DFT (Dark Forces Team), is an experimental public release of Microsoft’s RTM build of Windows Phone 7. The one major drawback is that HTC HD2 users will not be able to use any of Microsoft’s Live services. HD2 users who flash the ROM will not be able to take advantage of the Marketplace, third-party apps, Xbox Live or any other service that relies on Microsoft’s Windows Live authentication. It’s not yet clear whether hackers will be able to defeat Microsoft’s strict authentication system.
Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 at the 2010 Mobile World Congress last year. The software giant was originally unclear whether or not the HD2 would receive an official upgrade. HD2 owners have previously had to stick with Windows Mobile 6.5 or try one of the many freely available Android builds that have been ported to the hardware. Microsoft refused to provide an official ROM as the device did not meet strict button requirements for Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft is planning to release a Windows Phone 7 OS update in early 2011. Microsoft is officially saying that the update is due in early 2011 but WinRumors understands the software giant is closing to RTMing the first update, codenamed “NoDo”. Windows Phone 7 is a key part of Microsoft’s long term mobile strategy and we expect the software giant to detail a second bigger update in February at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft’s second update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications and updated Silverlight components. Microsoft’s first update recently leaked in a video of the company’s implementation of Windows Phone 7 copy and paste.
WinRumors will be live from Mobile World Congress 2011 to provide you with the very latest Windows Phone 7 news. Stay tuned.