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Microsoft evangelist takes his word on Apollo update for older WP devices back

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Microsoft evangelist takes his word on Apollo update for older WP devices back
Just a couple of days ago, Microsoft evangelist Nuno Gomez confirmed unambiguously in an interview that all existing WP handset will get updated to Windows Phone 8 Apollo once the update rolls out.

That sounded a bit too good to be true, though - Microsoft had only confirmed that older devices from the first and second waves of Windows Phone will support apps in the Marketplace even after the update, but it wasn’t clear whether the older devices themselves would ever get the update. Turns out, Gomez just made a mistake rather than revealing something ground breaking:

"I recently participated in an interview with the Portuguese website Zwame, where I made some comments on the future of Windows Phone that created confusion. Rumors are swirling, so I feel the need to clarify my statements.

The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone. This is the same guidance that Microsoft shared late last year.

I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday.  I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability.

While we have given Windows Phone developers this preliminary guidance on app compatibility to help them with long term project planning, Microsoft does not have any further news to share on future products at this time," Gomez clarified on his blog.

By unintentionally giving this unexpected hope though the Microsoft evangelist might have done more bad than good. His statement opened up a huge debate on what it would mean for Windows Phone if older devices don’t get updated, and that seems to be the likely tacit scenario as Microsoft remains silent on the issue. In either case, you’d do better to cut those expectations away - if Redmond decides to update you’ll be in a pleasant shock, but otherwise you’d save yourself a disappointment.

source: Nuno Gomez

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posted on 19 Apr 2012, 09:35 2

1. RobotMan (Posts: 145; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

As expected .

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 09:53 2

2. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

why dont u old windows phone users just buy a lumia 900

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 09:58 6

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Lumia is considered a second gen wp7
which is also unconfirmed whether or not it will get apollo

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 10:17 1

4. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

playing too safe... that would not help WP devices.. my fear is becoming alive, just like what WP did when they are making wp7 that winmo will not be closed and be treated as windows classic then suddenly turn of events happened. and winmo marketplace will be shut down.. if thats the case, people would probably wait for the wp8 devices and will no longer consider wp7.5 devices. but if i will be optimistic with that i think apollo will be another wp os for high-end devices that will support higher RAM and dual cores and all current wp now will soon be their midrange devices that will carry mango os its a good news for the OS but bad news for us users >:I

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 11:02 2

5. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)

I think that they are doing the hush-hush stuff for the OEM's. If they say they will be able to get the upgrade it may be hard for the OEM to convince buyers to get new phones unless they are huge steps up from where they are now. WP is in a bad place right now it seems. They are growing but they need something to propel the OS and the options are limited. How do they compete with the others? Specs, price, design?

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 12:36 1

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

The way i see it is, if second gen handsets get the Apollo update then so should first. There are only minor differences between the two generations. So if neither get the update, everyone will be pissed. Microsoft can't afford to piss everyone off like that. For me this was a big selling point of windows phones and what finally sold me on my HTC Radar.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 13:45 3

7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

How about WP6.5 HTC HD2?

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 17:42

8. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


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