Microsoft dev retracts Windows Phone 8 update claims

Earlier this week, Microsoft ‘developer evangelist’ Nuno Silva created a storm of controversy when he stated in a video interview that all first- and second-generation Windows Phones would be updated to Windows Phone 8 “Apollo”, when it arrives later this year.

Subsequently, sources close to Microsoft insisted that Silva had spoken out of turn, and that the company in fact has no plans to provide an official upgrade path for current handsets to the new Windows Phone OS.

Today, Silva has chosen to clarify his comments on his MSDN blog, where he acknowledges that some of his comments “on the future of Windows Phone…created confusion” – an understatement, to say the least. It turns out that it was all a bit of a misunderstanding.

“The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone,” he explained. “This is the same guidance that Microsoft shared last year.” It’s also the same line that Microsoft continues to repeat, parrot-fashion, whenever the subject is raised of whether or not current handsets will be granted an update to Windows Phone 8.

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

So, that’s that then. But while Silva has clarified his own comments, the ultimate question of whether or not a Windows Phone 8 update will be available for any existing devices remains unanswered. For now, at least, the speculation goes on.


via The Verge

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