Microsoft's Brandon Watson refutes Eldar Murtazin's claim that Windows Phone 8 won't support current apps

Microsoft's Brandon Watson refutes Eldar Murtazin's claim that Windows Phone 8 won't support current apps
Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin (with the glasses on the left)  has had a chip on his shoulder regarding Nokia ever since the Finns sent Russian authorities to reclaim a Nokia N8 prototype which he was badmouthing in public at the time.

Now this mutual dislike has been transferred over to Windows Phone, where Nokia is poised to become the platform locomotive, and Murtazin keeps talking smack of its chances to succeed. Eldar tweeted that the upcoming Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) won't be compatible with the current 60, 000 and counting apps written for Windows Phone.

This coincides with the rumor that Microsoft is replacing some kernel parts of Apollo with code taken directly from Windows 8, aiming to bring the mobile, tablet and desktop experience with Windows closer together.

Brandon Watson, however, who is the Windows Phone developer lead, felt compelled to react, and tweeted back to Murtazin to rewatch the MIX 11 keynote, where Microsoft makes abundantly clear that apps written for Mango will be compatible with the future versions as well, which only makes sense.

There you have it - nothing like a Watson-Murtazin spat to kick off this week in petty behavior and unsupported rumors.

via WMPU

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11 Comments

1. InternetsTroll

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Brandon Watson 1 Idiots 0

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Let me say this, if WP8 doesn't support the current apps that are out, it will be the Epic FAIL of our life time. There should be no room for this kind of mistake. Microsoft you are a BIG & SMART company. I think you know better, please let this be just an ugly rumor.

4. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

SuperAndriod Evo - 0

5. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I'm just asking, but did you read this article? Brandon Watson (Microsoft) says "Microsoft makes abundantly clear that apps written for Mango will be compatible with the future versions as well, which only makes sense." This statement by defacto implies there is no rumor. If anyone says otherwise then they're just lying. Not speculating (rumor) but just plain lying.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes this industry is just crazy, people are always changing their minds even at the last possible second. I will believe it when I see it. It's just too early to tell. I hope none of this is true. I want Microsoft to be successful but to have a rumor like that even if it's false is not good.

8. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Here's where I agree with you a little bit, is that this article was written in the first place. It's like it wants it both ways. There's a rumor and there's a strong denial. If in six months Apollo apps are not compatible we'll hear that "rumor" was correct. However, if it is as B. Watson says there will be no reminder that someone stated a bogus ascertion. For example, when the so called analyst stated Nokia have and would sell less than 500K lumia devices that dang rumor made headlines! However, when the true "FACTS" came out with Lumia selling more than a million there were ZERO, NONE, articles reminding us of the analyst previous bogus ascertions and how wrong they were. But trust me, had they been correct it would have been blasted all over these pages.

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

+1 for you. I know exactly what you mean. There is no consistency what so ever!

10. wp7tribes

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Brandon Watson,the head of windows phone developer already said apps will run did you read the article ?

3. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

True, but since the article clearly states that this is not so , "Microsoft makes abundantly clear that apps written for Mango will be compatible with the future versions as well," I'm not sure why you wrote this comment.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I believe the rumor of MS trying to make WP8 based on the same kernal and as compatible as possible with WP8 PC's. Just makes sense when you look at the potential sales, especially with the professionals and with Office Hub and WORD, Excel, and all the other tools that right now WP is just scratching the surface of. Being a Boiler Operator, the company that is doing our inspections is psyched on WP8 just for that reason: They use so Microsoft tools, he would be all over WP phones for his company if they could use a more advanced version of them from their phones, saving time and money for him. Plus, Apollo (WP8) was supposed to be out for the summer selling season, but now looks like will be held off until Q4, about the time Mango was released last year. Again, I feel this lends weight to the fact that they are working on the balance of making WP8 compatible with PC's and the upcoming XBOX. But, really, what idiot would OK the idea that you would have to re-write the possibly 100,000 available apps that WP should be hitting by that time, when the lack of apps is clearly one of the weaknesses of the ecosystem? Of course they will be compatible. Easiest prediction in the world.

9. charms55

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

The big draw for Windows vs. other OS has always been backwards compatibility. They would be cutting themselves and their first adopters short if they did not support at least through this cycle and the next. We are not even through with the introduction of the second wave of devices.

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