Microsoft, which has been taking steps to increase the profile of its Windows Phone mobile platform in recent months, lowered certain aspects of the hardware requirements for the OS's recently upgraded Mango version, so it will be compatible with more smartphones. According to SlashGear, this could lead to results in the long run that are both positive and negative for consumers.

The news source reports that certain customers will benefit from the lessened hardware requirements, since the software upgrade will now be compatible with cheaper devices. This move may have been to provide support for companies like Nokia that are looking to release more inexpensive smartphones capable of running on Windows Phone 7.5.

The hardware requirements that have been eliminated are as follows – built-in smartphone accessories such as a camera, compass, front-facing camera and gyro are no longer necessary. Those who are looking to use their Windows Phone-equipped smartphones for playing video games may find the lack of a gyro detrimental, since it would eliminate motion sensing capabilities.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft is also considering another change to the Windows Phone platform – replacing the Windows Embedded Compact kernel with the MinWin/NT Kernel – in an upcoming upgrade.