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August 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Windows Phone Tango: Targeting lower price point and emerging markets?

There’s been talk that a future update of Windows Phone, codenamed Tango, would be targeting a lower price point for Windows Phones.

And a report this week from someone who claimed to have gone to an MSDN seminar in Hong Kong bolstered that talk. The attendee said that at the seminar, Microsoft reportedly said that Tango will primarily be built for developing countries such as China, India and other markets, and that manufacturers in these developing countries will launch a cheap version of Windows Phone preloaded with Tango, according to thenextweb.com.

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet.com untangles some of the Tango talk, saying that she’s hearing there will be two Tango releases. The first is apparently a minor update to the upcoming major update to Windows Phone, codenamed Mango. This minor Tango update would be focused on expanding the Windows Phone footprint into new markets.

The second Tango release, according to Foley, would be targeted at low-cost devices.

Microsoft would not comment on Tango except to say: “There is a lot to be excited about and we look forward to sharing more information soon.”

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