Move will pave the way for relatively cheap Windows phones.
Microsoft is pushing its mobile operating system big time. In an attempt to lure more smartphone manufacturers, the company has now relaxed hardware requirements for the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) platform. This will allow phone makers to roll out relativley cheaper handsets in the market.
Features such as a camera, compass, and gyro are no longer mandatory with the revised minimum requirements. The standard hardware now includes physical buttons for Start, Search, and Back. The capacitive display must support 4-point multi-touch with 800x480 pixels. The minimum RAM requirement has been pegged at 256 MB, and storage has been set to a minimum of 8 GB. These gadgets must also have an accelerometer, A-GPS, and Wi-Fi onboard.