Microsoft: Windows Phone 8 devices can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1

Many people who currently own Windows Phone 8 smartphones have been worried that when Windows Phone 8.1 comes out, their handsets won't be upgraded to the new OS. This week, Microsoft confirmed that won't be the case.

Many people who bought Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 devices are still upset at Microsoft when it was announced those smartphones would not get an update to Windows 8. However, Computerworld reports that in a chat with Windows Phone director of public relations Greg Sullivan, "We will not have the same experience as we had when Windows Phone 7 was upgraded to Windows Phone 8."

Sullivan added that Windows Phone 8 was a "powerful OS" that can handle major upgrades, saying, "We won't run out of head space on Windows Phone 8 any time soon."

Neowin named the upcoming release of Windows Phone 8.1 as the biggest tech news item we were most looking forward to in 2014. While Microsoft has yet to offer up any official information on the OS upgrade, Internet reports claim that a long awaited notification center will be part of the company's plans, along with a virtual assistant code named “Cortana”. Microsoft is expected to reveal more information on the OS at its BUILD conference in April.

Source: Computerworld

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Actually it's quite a significant release, despite the number. We'll get WP9 as well, they said themselves all devices are upgradable for AT LEAST until January 2016. WP9 is slated for next year, so we should still get it. We should also be getting WP10, but by then you'll probably have a new phone anyway.

Edited by j2006, Jan 9 2014, 3:40pm :

And no windows phone 7 didn't get 7.5? I know 7 to 8 was a bugger and Microsoft would feel the need to reassure people, but come on people

I guess my last comment didn't meet muster. Let me expound. The only people that didn't think this would be the case didn't understand why 7>8 wouldn't have worked.

Any other viable choice? MS is already deep in doo-doo with Windows-8.x for laptops and desktops. Why make things worse for their customer base?

Windows-8.x has hardly been the resounding success Microsoft had hoped for--most especially for the business/enterprise milieu based on laptops and desktops.

Fingers crossed for all the people with Carriers that don't approve it they can use the Preview for Developers app to gain access. (maybe this won't work if things like drivers are changed though)

TheDisneyMagic said,
Fingers crossed for all the people with Carriers that don't approve it they can use the Preview for Developers app to gain access. (maybe this won't work if things like drivers are changed though)

Only thing that won't work are developer specific features until they release their update. When I upgraded my 1020 to Update 3, many of Nokia's new stuff didn't work until their Black update.

Not really news since Microsoft said themselves that all phones are upgradable to the next 'major version' for AT LEAST 2 years. All WP8 phones are upgradeable until at least Jan 2016, by that time probably 9.5 or 10 will be out. I don't understand why people are worried anymore now that Windows and WP8 share the same core, that was the only reason WP7 users didn't. Now that they share the same core, it'll be upgradeable like PCs (and even iPhones) are upgradable. You'll just be limited hardware-specific features that newer models have.

When did the schedule slip so badly? I thought WPBlue was on for release in January originally, now they aren't even going to TALK about it until April? You can't release two "sister" products with the same version numbers a year apart, WP will always seem a version behind Windows.

JustAnotherTechie said,
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Explains why the needed a corporate re-organization.
the Re-org may also explain the dates slipping as the new people in charge need time to re-evaluate the previous priorities to see if they align across the new group.

Personally I never had a doubt about the fact that WP8 existing devices would have not been upgradable to WP 8.1; not allowing it would be suicidal for the platform.
What will be interesting to see is what new features and capabilities WP 8.1 will bring to the platform and which ones will be available to existing devices.

Let's see.

Windows Mobile 6.0>6.1>6.5 = Dead

Windows Phone 7>7.5>7.8 = Dead (Thanks to AT&T My HTC Titan never got the 7.8 update.)

Windows Phone 8> 8.1>8.5 ?? = Dead

At this point, I don't trust Microsoft as far as I can throw them with their promise of updates. Even if they put out an update, AT&T is going to screw customers over in hopes that we (the consumers) will get fustrated enough to buy another phone through them for the update. With feeling cheated as a previous Windows Phone customer who has had Windows Mobile 6.5 (HTC Tilt) and Windows Phone 7.5 (HTC Titan) , the only way I will get a Windows Phone is if Microsoft is giving us the update period without the carriers being in the way. Introduce a Surface phone if you have too like Google introduced the Nexus without carrier interferance.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Let's see.

Windows Mobile 6.0>6.1>6.5 = Dead

Windows Phone 7>7.5>7.8 = Dead (Thanks to AT&T My HTC Titan never got the 7.8 update.)

Windows Phone 8> 8.1>8.5 ?? = Dead

At this point, I don't trust Microsoft as far as I can throw them with their promise of updates. Even if they put out an update, AT&T is going to screw customers over in hopes that we (the consumers) will get fustrated enough to buy another phone through them for the update. With feeling cheated as a previous Windows Phone customer who has had Windows Mobile 6.5 (HTC Tilt) and Windows Phone 7.5 (HTC Titan) , the only way I will get a Windows Phone is if Microsoft is giving us the update period without the carriers being in the way. Introduce a Surface phone if you have too like Google introduced the Nexus without carrier interferance.

I am similarly as old. Microsoft dropped the ball so much that I no longer trust them at all when it comes to updates. As the 6.5 -> 7 death was artificial (as the HD2 proves) and the same was true for 7.5 -> 8.

Unless they do something like a Nexus and I see consistent update performance I will never consider them again.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Let's see.

Windows Mobile 6.0>6.1>6.5 = Dead

Windows Phone 7>7.5>7.8 = Dead (Thanks to AT&T My HTC Titan never got the 7.8 update.)

Windows Phone 8> 8.1>8.5 ?? = Dead

At this point, I don't trust Microsoft as far as I can throw them with their promise of updates. Even if they put out an update, AT&T is going to screw customers over in hopes that we (the consumers) will get fustrated enough to buy another phone through them for the update. With feeling cheated as a previous Windows Phone customer who has had Windows Mobile 6.5 (HTC Tilt) and Windows Phone 7.5 (HTC Titan) , the only way I will get a Windows Phone is if Microsoft is giving us the update period without the carriers being in the way. Introduce a Surface phone if you have too like Google introduced the Nexus without carrier interferance.

You do realize you can push the 7.8 update yourself manually, right?

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm not sure how many times they have to say this before people believe it... Lol

Far less than all the Android phones/tablets running pre 4.x versions.

Even compared to Apple, Microsoft technically has a longer supported update mobile life cycle.

i think it's always the Major Move is the problem cause i think 8 to 8.1 is like 7 to 7.5 not very major. From 8 to 9 that what i will call a news

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