Microsoft is set to introduce its next-generation smartphone operating system later this year. Windows Phone 7 is a huge departure from earlier versions of Windows Mobile, and will offer integration with social networking services, the Zune media player, and Xbox Live video game platform.
It’s probably a safe bet that handsets running Windows Phone 7 won’t be cheap, since the hardware requirements will be similar to those for a high end Google Android phone or an iPhone.
But it looks like Microsoft also plans to offer a “low cost” version of Windows Phone 7 for emerging markets.
There aren’t a lot of details about the budget version of the OS yet, or what kind of phones it will work on. But a Microsoft exec says the phones will likely have a “different chassis” and may have smaller screens.