Microsoft reminds Windows Phone 7 users YouTube and Facebook will be updated

Windows Phone 8 owners were hit with the news earlier today that Microsoft had released a new official YouTube app for the OS with lots of new features, and last week Microsoft launched a beta program for a revamped Windows Phone 8 Facebook app. But what about all those owners of smartphones that still run on Windows Phone 7?

Windows Phone head Joe Belfiore posted word today on his Twitter page reminding users that Microsoft hasn't forgotten about the previous Windows Phone version that's not compatible with Windows Phone 8 apps with the following tweet:

The "some others too" statement hopefully means that Windows Phone 7 users might get their own versions of the newly launched Hulu Plus WP8 app, along with the new version of the Foursquare app. Even though Windows Phone 8 devices seem to be doing far better in terms of sales than WP7 smartphones, it's a good sign that Microsoft is trying to keep as many Windows Phone users happy, regardless of what version of the OS they're using.

Source: Joe Belfiore on Twitter via WPCentral.com

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I don't really mind that none of the apps are coming to WP7 since I have an upgrade in a month... however I really feel bad for those who purchased the lumia 800/900 and are now stuck with a legacy OS

Not surprising - Nokia has noted that Windows Phone 7 will eventually become their 'feature phone' operating system given its lower requirements but I wouldn't be surprised if in 2-3 years time feature phones will be using Windows Phone 8.1 or 8.2.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Not surprising - Nokia has noted that Windows Phone 7 will eventually become their 'feature phone' operating system given its lower requirements but I wouldn't be surprised if in 2-3 years time feature phones will be using Windows Phone 8.1 or 8.2.

It won't. Microsoft said the same thing about WM6 (renamed to WP6) when WP7 was announced. It was killed off right away. The HD2 was the last notable WM6 phone to come out and that came out in the US just a month or so after WP7 was announced (and like 6 months before WP7 devices were released).

Same thing will happen here. It just doesn't make sense to continue WP7. They can make WP8 at $129, it'll only get cheaper as time passes. I doubt we'll see any more WP7 devices.