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

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



9. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

7. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

5. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

6. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

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

8. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

3. luket

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 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?

4. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

2. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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?

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

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