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Windows Phone 7 Tango may be for Nokia Budget Phones?

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system is still awaiting the release of its first major update entitled Mango, but this is not stopping the big M from chatting about what will follow from Mango in terms of OS updates.

The latest news is that Microsoft will be working on a budget version of the WP7 Mango OS which has loosely been entitled “Tango”, which will be a low cost stripped down version of the WP7 system, aimed solely at budget PAYG handsets.

The immediate choice for this would be the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft as Nokia are famed for releasing hordes of budget handsets over the years and a simplified and less spec-heavy handset would need a similar operating system.

The information has come from Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet’s resident Microsoft guru, and she states that her sources say two Windows Phone Tango releases will arrive before Windows Phone Apollo, which is thought to be Microsoft’s next WP7 major software release (possibly even Windows Phone 8).

Again, this along with the news that Nokia are no longer going to be releasing its fabled MeeGo sporting handsets the Nokia N9 in the UK would point more and more towards the fact that Nokia are looking to go completely Windows Phone in the near future with a range of “Smart” and “Budget” phones all being powered by  Microsoft.

As per usual this as all just a rumour, but with Nokia being very shifty in the past year anything can happen, and with Windows trying to get its phone OS to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android this may be the way to get a solid footing in the market.

Mango, Tango or Apollo… what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below or on our @Gadget_Helpline Twitter feed.