Paul Thurrott confirms no Windows Phone 8 for any current handsets

There have been conflicting rumors recently over whether or not current Windows Phone handsets would be getting the update to Windows Phone 8 when it hits later this year, but Paul Thurrott wants to set the record straight...
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81. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Not only a Troll but a Sheep too Ha ha ha. Why don't you hang around in those p*ssy a** Anime forum or sit under a bridge and play those p*ssy a** games for kiddies Troll. Microsoft and Steve Ballmer will f*ck once again. Ha Ha Ha.

23. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

''Oh Apollo, please do not forsake your children''

24. mariosraptor

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

i hope this is not true for two reasons: 1-) current WP users like me are not going buy a WP again if they are logical people.cause if someone gives 500-600 euros for a phone i be t you anything that they would like to keep it for atleast 2 years. 2-) if what is said in the article is true, or even if it's not and it gets out to as many people as it is possible it will hurt the platform alot. cause no one would buy anymore current WP7 devices and will wait for WP8 devices. so let's hope some MS spokeperson will come and say that ALL current phones will be updated and better to come and say it very FAST. or else one less suporter for this platform. atleast with other OS's i get about 18-24 months of SW updates.

25. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I hope this isn't true. MS needs to support those devices any way they can, even if it's a minor firmware update. They're already on shaky ground with WP7 as it is, but with their lack of support with pass Windows Mobile devices, this could be the straw that breaks the camels back for MS OS.

26. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

lolol.... at least Android has rooting, hence my T-Mobile Vibrant has seen 4 versions of Android, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and ICS. How many versions of WP will the Lumia 900 see? 1. That's it. Even the G1 saw more... Reason why i prefer Android. If the OEMs disappoint, there's always XDA and custom modders.... ANDROID 4 LIFE!!!! PS- this is a troll.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Nokia not selling too well, and they need sales. To put the new OS on old phones would slow sales I think.

30. nikhildangui

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

I remember Microsoft recently criticize iDevices for purposely making newer ios versions run slower on older devices and they also criticize Android for not being Compatible to older Hardware ... so if hey knw to criticize others they must provide it.... atleast NOkia Devices will get updated thats sure....

31. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

all I have to say is thats the reason why I have jumped ship from Sprint and went to ATT. Patiently waiting for WP8 on Sprint. Man am I smart

32. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

As in last line that Guy is a liar most of the time so its still a flag not conformed s**t

34. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Guys you know what? We're all F'd up with these statements. One day someone says all current phones are upgradeable and the other day one denies that. Let's just forget it & hope that AT&T delivers the "Refresh" update for its current customers.

35. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Maannn... That sucks... But i can understand. Inside me i had this coming already. Here is why Windows Phone 8 will use Windows 8 Kernel, so it kind of same windows for smartphones. So obviously the system requirement will be same. And the minimum system requirement itself is - 1GB RAM 32BIT - 2GB RAM 64BIT Currently no windows phone has 1GB RAM.

37. DFranch

Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I just got me WP7 phone in January, but I did not buy it thinking "I better get Apollo when it's released". I was might upgrade if Apollo is compelling enough (I'd like removable storage). They said all the apps would be compatible, what more do you expect? If they do provide an update, great, but my phone won't stop working when Apollo is released. If it does turn out to be true, Hopefully MS or Nokia will give upgraders from WP7 a discount, That'd be nicer than updating an old phone as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather have a new Dual core with an SD slot than a Focus S with Apollo.

87. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with this. I am an Android you know some of us hear it about when is X phone gonna get ICS. I never buy a phone, device for what it can do in the future. I buy it for what it can do for me right now.

38. savtonam

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

I love the OS but this is a huge mistake , only way i see Microsoft making it right is eating some of the cost and allow early upgrades at some point before the two year period.

45. JunaidZaka

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 24, 2012

I love android and probably wont switch over to another os , but i was planning to buy a Windows Phone for my sister because they are nice and stable phones with a simple yet elegant looking metro UI and great overall phone performance. Im really disappointed to hear this because i was really impressed by the fact that all of the WP7 devices were updated to WP 7.5 , thats a big achievement. Microsoft has made a really bad decision , it would most likely discourage new potential buyers of windows phone, still i hope they come up with something for the current Windows 7 phones.

79. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

So you trust a rumor from someone that is no way related to Microsoft? What have you learned throughout your live?

46. shinywindow unregistered

Windows sux it hard. I have really wanted to like it because of something new I guess but after two phones including the lumia 900, it over for me. Bing sux and the tiles just look so kindergarten after awhile. They will die before they even get started. This is a stupid move on their part very stupid. I am done with windows phone. I only wish their was desktop android for my home computer.

77. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

You are already done with it , quit trolling.

47. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Well I had been thinking about buying a Lumia 900, but I sure won't now! I bet a ton of people will return their Lumia 900's within the 30-day return period that AT&T gives you when you buy a new phone. If I had already bought one I know I would return it and just wait on the Windows 8 phones to hit the market. I wouldn't want to be stuck with a phone that is not going to be upgraded.

50. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Hey loyal supporters come buy our products that will be old news in less than a year. It's our way of saying thank Is this what the market has become? You can't even enjoy a phone for long these days before it seems old. Well I'm rocking with my unlocked HTC Titan for the next year and a half baby. This is the same feeling I had when I bought the HTC HD2 and then they came out with Windows Phone 7 which the HD2 was completely capable of running but didn't get the update. Only thing is this time I at least feel very comfortable with the platform enough to wait to get an Apollo capable phone. Windows Phone is great already so I'm not buying into the hype-driven, new device, new technology heavy cellphone cycle. It's starting to suck.

52. bbdol

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Well I'll I know is we'll get a definite answer once leaks of Apollo go around. I'm still sitting here with my trusty HD2 believing even I will get an update from the Dark Forces Team and our other friends at XDA. All hail! Long live the mighty HD2!

54. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Friends relax. Wait for the official word from MS. If not true, jump up for joy. If true then vent but don't salivate upon the sight of a WP8 device, especially if it has Pureview built in.

55. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

There is no way MS and Nokia would put this much effort into launching Lumia 900 if they were not planning to let it be upgraded. The damaging effect of that would simply be too great. Further, WP8 is supposed to be an OS that can run on all ranges of devices, not only high end ones. And seeing that one of the main strong points WP has over Android is that it's not such a lagfest, it needs to run smoothly also on low end devices. Thus, current high end WP phones will obviously be capable of running WP8. Also, that MS has not come out with a clear answer should not be interpreted as a definite signal there won't be upgrades, it is much more likely they are still working with carriers and manufacturers to see what paths can be made. Lastly, WP8 isn't even done yet, so they will not commit to anything too early.

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

rumor from a dude that doesnt have a perfect batting average on an OS that is supposed to be able to run from high to low.. unless they are planing on creating a divide between windows 7 and windows 8 i dont see them not at least updating the stronger phones.... but i have a feeling it will be on all phones. They are not going to bring out an update to allow low level phones, and then in the next update destroy that. think about it.

66. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Who is Paul Thurrot. When i started reading this, I thought that he was some executive from microsoft! Turns out this is just another guy! Let's see what microsoft has to say about this! Why do people believe so easily? If someone from microsoft says that this is not true, no one would believe him.

68. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Haha, and you WP fanboys were like "Just wait for Apollo on the Lumia, It's gonna kick every other OS's butt." Not anymore huh?

78. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

You are comparing a rumor to a fact that 90% of androids wont get ICS

93. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

But the problem is that the N900 is only a few weeks old and is now on deathwatch. At least with Android the majority of Apps still work on older devices. Can you say the same thing when you have specific requirements for Windows 8 apps? That's the problem. Microsoft wants to keep the specs and requirements so tightly controlled it's going to hurt Windows Phone 7 people. If that windows mobile 8 app requires dual core cpu's, 1 gig of memory or higher screen resolutions what guarantees do you have? That's why a old non updated Android phone is still good. The Apps scale based on your hardware. It may run like crap but it runs.

95. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

90% of Androids consist low ends/Mid ranges/old high ends that can't handle ICS or have no benefits to gain from it. Almost all of the manufacturer's flagships are already confirmed for ICS (Xperia S, Razr, etc.) or have already got it (SGS2, HTC Sensation)...

69. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012 , read this and then think about what the guy is saying, he is lying. Paul Thurrott my foot, who is he? Is he Bill Gates or Sephen Elop, he doesn't even work for microsoft!
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