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Microsoft: “Current Windows Phone apps will run on Windows Phone 8”

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Microsoft: “Current Windows Phone apps will run on Windows Phone 8”
In case there was any doubt in your mind that current Windows Phone apps will run on Windows Phone 8, Microsoft took to its blog to reiterate that fact. Apparently there were some questions from developers working with the recently unblocked SDK on Windows 8, even though it is not officially supported yet, that prompted Microsoft to make it clear that Windows Phone 7 apps will continue to be supported by its next release.

"With regard to existing applications: today’s Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone. Driving application compatibility is a function of Microsoft’s commitment to its developers. Regardless of what we release in terms of new developer features and functionality, we have made a large investment in protecting your existing investments."

While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Windows Phone 7 apps will be supported in Windows 8, it is definitely reassuring to hear it from the source for both developers and app purchasers who are invested into the platform.

source: Windows Phone Blog

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 17:37 4

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's good to see Microsoft thinking about backwards compatibility... I wouldn't want them getting any far fetched ideas about restricting 'used' apps.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:38 1

2. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Well that's good. It would be a shot - no, an ICBM missile - to the foot if Microsoft squandered all the progress that has been made in the app marketplace so far by making the next iteration of their OS incompatible. I do wonder, though, whether current Windows Phone 7 apps will work with Windows 8 as well (at least ARM-based W8 devices)? Anybody know the answer to that one?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:49 1

3. luket (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


I would be more surprised if this was not the case, but thanks for clearing up any confusion.

Now what I want to know is will the Lumia 900 I buy today running WP 7.5 be able to be upgraded to WP 8?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 18:53 2

4. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Hi luket,

Microsoft has already stated that all WP7 devices currently running Mango (WP7.5) will be upgraded to Apollo (WP8) when it comes out. Even my nearly year old HTC Trophy.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 19:03 1

5. Gemmol (Posts: 563; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Wait how is that possible WP7 and WP7.5 still getting the upgrade to WP8, when android the superior product have a hard time, I do not believe it show me proof Penny. There is no way old WP getting upgrades before old android phones especially when they have higher specs

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 19:20 2

6. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I'm not sure if you were being sarcastic, but here's one of the articles I remember reading about it:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/MSNerd-confirms-all-Windows-Phones-getting-Apollo-Nokia-in-charge-of-most-things-chipset-and-camera_id28328

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 10:23

8. Gemmol (Posts: 563; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Wow this is pretty cool, I'm just late on this, but I will def look into Windows 8 phone when it comes out my contract end around that time

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 06:31

7. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Gemmol: Yes, all of the old WP7 handsets will be updated to WP8. MS themeself already confirmed that, there's no doubt about it.

Remeber that there's no fragmentation on WP7, unlike android.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 10:24

9. Gemmol (Posts: 563; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


This is pretty cool, Penny show me the link up above, so I think when my contract end I will check out a Windows 8 phone

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