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Microsoft says that Windows Phone 8 devices do have "an upgrade path going forward"

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It's not something that should need to be said explicitly, but after leaving Windows Phone 7 handsets in the lurch with the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has needed to reassure its user base. And, that reassurance came today. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 8 devices do have "an upgrade path going forward".

The statement came from Greg Sullivan, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, in an interview with PCWorld. During the same talk, Sullivan also said that the Windows Phone 8 software is also much more flexible than WP7 as far as being able to use new hardware, so Microsoft doesn't have to be as strict with the chassis requirements. 

And, in maybe the best part of the interview, Sullivan commented on the fact that Microsoft didn't hold a press event at Mobile World Congress this year by saying that the company has adopted a new commitment to the “shut up and ship” philosophy. This means that there won't be announcements of products too far ahead of release. Sullivan even seemed to push away the rumors of Windows Blue, saying that we'll probably "see some exciting new devices and more interoperability" for WP8 before we hear about the next OS version.

source: PCWorld via BGR

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posted on 28 Feb 2013, 19:31 4

1. snowgator (Posts: 3196; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


As a WP 7 user, I am ready to see action on this, not the same promises made when WP7 replaced Windows Mobile in 2010.

As BlackBerry has been really good about updating their devices to BB07, I will spot them that BB10 users will not be left behind. Apple has been amazing about supporting their devices.

This is an area that both Microsoft and Google can, and need, to improve in. Android Premium devices usually get supported for at least 1-2 upgrades, it is their mid-range and lower grade offerings left wanting. And until we see the first generation of WP 8 devices still supported in 2-3 years from now, MS truly has little to no credibility on this.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 19:52 2

2. alterecho (Posts: 1071; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Yeah i felt deceived when i learnt wp7.5 won't be upgraded beyond 7.8.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:14

3. pookiewood (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Yeah it did sucks that WP7.5 wasn't updateable to some form of 8 or with more enhancements but as an ex Sprint Arrive user we never even got the KB fix so I wasn't expecting much. I'm glad I made the jump for the Lumia 920. I would like to see MS be way more aggressive though. They have money, push the heck out of it. People love the XBOX market it with that.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:30 3

4. Birds (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


The main reason I've been apprehensive about adopting windows phone 8 has now been alleviated. But there are many other reasons why I'm still nervous about it....Thumb me down if you want but I'll wait a few months before I check out a WP8 device.....

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 02:47 1

5. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


How about first upgrading my Windows 7.5 device to 7.8 like you said you'd do in February (looking at you AT&T). K thanks.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:04

7. p5yb0rg (unregistered)


don't count on att to update anything.. all they care about is getting their monthly payments.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 00:50

9. rsxl5 (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


They should not to count on me either to buy next WP :)

In next 3 month my money will go to Sony Z or Samsung :)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:34

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2825; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No harm in promising something that cannot be coming in next 2 years :D

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:38

8. NateAdam8 (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


F@%K MICROSOFT and there stupid faces cause I have no real reason to believe they won't do the same thing to WP8 after a few years But there's no use in complaining about what most people knew it might happen and might not even stop, Just get a different OS until you find the one you like.......................... iPhone=Female Phone (iPhoneSucks)

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