Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 19:50 UTC
Windows The HTC HD2 is probably one of the most enduring mobile phones out there. While it originally shipped with Windows Mobile way back in 2009, it has become one of the most hacker-friendly devices out there, and hackers have managed to port virtually everything to the device - various versions of Android, MeeGo, Ubuntu, and Windows Phone have found their way to the HD2. Russian hacker Cotulla, responsible for many of these ports, has just announced the next big port: Windows RT is now running on the HD2.
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The Windows Phone team is one of many within Microsoft. Even with a Company the size of Microsoft's, there are still time constraints on engineering resources.

Think about all that the Windows Phone had to develop in-house prior to Windows Phone 8:

- Their own fork of the CE Kernel (hybrid CE6 and CE7)
- Their own fork of the .NET CF (3.7 vs 3.5 on CE6/7)
- Their own mobile XAML Stack
- Their own telephony and data stacks
- Their cloud infrastructure for Zune and the Application Store.

Now with the unification of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 a lot of that work is offloaded to the Windows team (Kernel, Cloud Services, .NET CoreCLR, Telephony+3G/4G stacks, and in the future hopefully XAML), so hopefully moving forward some of that engineering talent is freed up to work on other issues.

This internal alignment within Microsoft will take multiple product cycles likely, but in the end should represent an organization that is a lot more nimble.

It still is a testament to the Windows Phone team that they managed so much internally for so long.

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