Microsoft plans to release 'hardware reference designs' for Windows Mobile

Andy Lees, SVP, mobile communications for Microsoft, confirmed that for the first time the company’ll release hardware reference designs to make it easier for handset makers to use Windows Mobile. Reference designs define the way that various phone components work together so that hardware makers don't have to develop that integration work themselves. "It offers […]

Andy Lees, SVP, mobile communications for Microsoft, confirmed that for the first time the company’ll release hardware reference designs to make it easier for handset makers to use Windows Mobile. Reference designs define the way that various phone components work together so that hardware makers don't have to develop that integration work themselves. "It offers them a higher baseline upon which they can innovate. It means its significantly faster and cheaper for more innovations to come out to market from the OEMs," Lees said. In offering the reference designs, Microsoft hopes to replicate the development process used by PC manufacturers. Reference designs help PC manufacturers build to defined specifications yet give them enough room to differentiate their products, he said. Microsoft is hoping for the same environment in phones. Lees would not describe specifics of what the designs might look like but said that the company would announce more details of its plan in the future.