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Are all Windows Phone 8 handsets upgradeable to WP 8.1? Microsoft exec seems to say yes

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Are all Windows Phone 8 handsets upgradeable to WP 8.1? Microsoft exec seems to say yes
When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 back in 2012, it left existing Windows Phone users angry: their devices, running Windows Phone 7.x, weren’t going to be upgraded to WP8. Fortunately, things will be different when the new version of the OS, expected to be called Windows Phone 8.1 (Blue), is unveiled.

According to Computerworld, which recently talked to Greg Sullivan, Windows Phone director of public relations at Microsoft, the next-generation Windows Phone OS will be backward compatible with WP8. Mr. Sullivan said that, unlike WP7, Windows Phone 8 is a “powerful” platform capable of supporting upgrades, suggesting that all current WP8 devices will get the newer version of the software - provided that wireless carriers (in the case of locked devices) would distribute the update.

The Microsoft exec did not confirm the name of the next OS iteration (it may not be Windows Phone 8.1 after all), and neither the fact that it would be launched this spring. He did add, however, that the company’s current policy is to support updates for 36 months (3 years) on a device.

Yesterday, Nokia - which agreed to sell its mobile division to Microsoft - started rolling out one of its own software updates. Called Lumia Black, the update will be gradually released to every Windows Phone 8 Lumia device. All in all, things are looking good for Windows Phone users lately, isn’t it?

source: Computerworld

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:56 1

1. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


This is good to know that even my 520, which is most frugal of the bunch will receive WP Blue. Currently I'm waiting for the Lumia Black, but it seems that it won't benefit much because devices with 1GB RAM are entitled to most exciting features.

Here's the catch, they will indeed provide WP Blue, but with much stripped down version with very less added features. Just like what Apple does with their major update. Clever trick by the companies. They can all brag about distributing the latest build to the oldest devices but the actual benefit they do get is minimal.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:19 5

6. nokia12 (Posts: 312; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


if they don't update lumia 520.. Microsift is screwed.. 30-40% marketshare is of lumia 520 alone.. and didn't they released the official statement back then that all wp8 will be upgradable to wp 8.1.. i thought it was a general knowledge or so that all wp8 will get updated..
if they DON'T update then it could be called as NEWS.. but there was hardly any need for this article...

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:57

12. sianto (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Yeah, like the time they didn't update WP7, and WM6. Microsoft has a fantastic reputation for updating!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 10:06

13. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 630; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I wanted to know what about 1st series of WP devices? Can Lumia 710 be updated to WP 8.1?? If yes, why didnt MS release any update and told that those devices are incompatible(hardware wise) with Windows 8.1? Coz I dont think a 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM is a bad configuration...

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 21:57

16. sgodsell (Posts: 1065; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The problem with the latest update is you will not get everything for WP devices with less than 1gb of ram. For instance the new Nokia refocus app which requires the black update needs 1gb of ram in order to run the app. So the 520, 620, 625, 720 will not be able to run Nokia's latest refocus app at all. I guess that's why the 525 is already out now which is replacing the 520. The 525 is the exact same as the 520 except it has 1gb of ram instead of 512mb.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:03

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2508; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


If this is the case and it's true then it's very good. Otherwise Lumia 800 and some other earlier devices were stuck on 7.8.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 22:48

14. Bioload25 (Posts: 193; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


nobody said that ALL lumias will receive the update,only the WP8 devices it seems

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:23 1

3. hipnotika (Posts: 289; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


respect to apple for updates !!! no one couldn't be like apple in every section !!!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:37 1

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 693; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


No one gives a damn about updates (at least ordinary people). The only reason they upgrade is because they get a notification about an update, and unknowingly accept it

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:51 4

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3306; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


What is the difference between all iPhone?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:06 2

10. hurrycanger (Posts: 984; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


number and letter

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 22:50

15. Bioload25 (Posts: 193; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Design,SOME of the components,size of screen

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:03

5. papss (unregistered)


Glad to see a change for them here. I'm sure my 1520 will be supported for a good bit. I'm certain "people" will find a way to complain about this though.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:25

7. thecorrescode (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Microsoft once said that Windows 7.5 phones are eligible for Windows 8 update... and guess what happened next... Hope that it won't be the same here...

Oh, Windows 8.1 aka Windows 8 Service Pack 1...

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:00

8. mobi_user (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


He is a liar, windows promised to give the Here Maps to WP7.5 phones never happened. They will never give 8.1 to entry level WP8 phones

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 02:35

11. elitewolverine (Posts: 1404; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


They might. It would certainly be in their interest if they are planning on merging rt with winp8 in 2 years or less.

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