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.