Microsoft has provided more information about Windows Phone Tango, a somewhat less-capable version of the operating system that is meant to work on low-cost devices. According to Microsoft, Tango allows handset makers to design phones that operate with just 256MB of RAM. Due to the halved RAM, Microsoft says that Tango phones will not be able to: run all apps from the Marketplace; manage podcasts or watch video podcasts; automatically upload photos to SkyDrive; play some HD video codecs; use Local Scout; or use the fast app switching multi-tasking tool. Microsoft also offered some guidelines for developers so that they can make sure their apps are optimized for Tango.
IMHO, releasing something like this is a bad move for Microsoft, since it's going to introduce confusion about Windows Phone, a product that can hardly afford any more impediments to adoption. People are going to see these cheaper phones with Tango on them and buy them in the mistaken assumption that they have the full version of Windows Phone. Then they're going to find out that what they bought is a stripped-down version, and they're going to be rightly upset. They'll tell their friends and family not to go anywhere near a phone running Microsoft software because you never know what you'll get.
I realize that MS probably wants to compete with BREW, but this isn't the way to do it.
The OS is pretty efficient. It was never designed for phones with less than 512 memory. The fact that they could actually get it to run on a phone with half the memory shows that it is very efficient. What users get with low end Tango phones is, a sli... (continues)