Microsoft evangelist goofed on Windows Phone 8 upgrade claim

Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva apparently confused applications with devices when he claimed that users of Windows Phone 7 (aka, Mango) would be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 (aka, Apollo).

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

Offering a mea culpa on his blog today, Silva said he was trying to echo Microsoft's own statements that existing Windows Phone apps would run under Apollo. But for some reason, he gave the impression that current devices themselves would also be able to run the next version of Windows Phone.

"I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumours we saw yesterday," Silva wrote. "I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability."

The developer aroused hopes among the Windows Phone faithfuls by leading them to believe that Mango devices would be eligible to receive the Apollo upgrade. But various sources have been insisting for a while that there is no upgrade path.

Windows Phone 7 currently supports only single-core processors and WVGA screens. But reports claim that Microsoft will move to dual-core chips and higher-resolution screens in the next version, leaving current devices unable to handle Apollo's higher-end requirements.

Microsoft itself has refused to confirm or deny whether Mango devices can move to Apollo. Reflecting Silva's corrected comments, the company's recent statement also focused solely on app compatibility: "We have stated publicly that all apps in our marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases."

So it seems that buyers of the popular Nokia Lumia range and other current Windows Phone 7 handsets won't be able to lift off to Apollo. That factor that may prove disappointing to hardcore users, but it isn't likely to have much impact on Windows Phone sales at this point.


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prhayward posted a comment   

"That factor that may prove disappointing to hardcore users ..." you're not wrong!! That will mean, for me, no Windows Phone purchase until Windows 8 based phones are available, so long as Nokia don't go broke in teh meantime.


Im Batman posted a comment   

While this is no different to my Desire not getting an official Gingerbread update, i.e. it only got one offical update.
Having the entire windows phone range not being upgradable to Apollo seems a bit naf!!

While i have gingerbread, an could get a ICS rom for my phone from the community, will we see Apollo hacked on to the older phone... (well the HD2 will run Apollo, that is a given)

One thing i find funny about mobile OS, is that on a desktop we pay for the new OS... but on the mobile side, we expect the OS to shipped out to us free of charge.

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