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

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:


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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8 Comments

1. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

As expected .

2. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

4. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 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

5. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 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?

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

How about WP6.5 HTC HD2?

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

yeah!

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