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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107 Comments

89. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thurrott is a guy associated with Microsoft tho. I remember seeing his name for years connected with Windows OS's. Yea he could be wrong tho. We all will have to just wait n see.

73. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So the price of Lumia900 is justified, imho...

80. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Windows just got 'Smoked by Ballmer'............. :)

82. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Well I didn't understood one thing...... Why doesn't WP7/WP7.5 manufacturers launched any phone with 1GB RAM, higher storage capacity, expandable storage, high resolution screens...........????? According to what I had understood till now, the 512 MB RAM, 800X480 screen and 8GB internal storage was minimum requirements for WP7/WP7.5............ Since it was minimum requirements then why doesn't manufacturers made any phone with the higher specifications............?????? They could have launched phones with higher specifications and future updates would have taken care of them........!!!!!!!!!!!

83. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

because WP is optimized to run with that little hardware, while Android is unoptimized. Even iPhone 4S only have 512MB of RAM.

86. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Because for WP, to upgrade is to buy new phone.

84. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Everything is happening as hepresearch has forseen...

85. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

They should have actually said this after the Nokia Lumia 900 would have smashed the AT&T sales but after hearing this why would anyone even think o9f buying the nokia lumia 900 cuz everyone will know one thing for sure and that is as soon as the windows phone 8 launches almost noi or negligible developer support will be given to the Windows Phone 7.5 phones and hence it would be useless like the Windows Moibile Platform.. I am sure this statement will surely affect the sales of the Nokia Lumia 900 I don't know that what were they even thinking before saying that statement at this time

91. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Microsoft is a joke none of their software has been that good that is why i have switched to Apple and will not use their junk again. Everyone is forgetting Millennium which lasted less than a year and was never fixed. No Microsoft is the worst company on the face of the earth.

92. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

And just to throw more fuel on the fire what about app support? Will Apps designed for Windows mobile 8 work on Windows mobile 7 since the phones require different kernels and hardware? Anybody remember WM 6.5 apps working on Windows Phone 7? Exactly!!! What on earth is Microsoft doing? It's either Android or iOS for me.

96. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

if Mr Thurott's info is correct I believe 2 things will come out of this 1= Microsoft will support the present Windows 7.5 Mango/Tango smart phones for at least 2 years. 2= Microsoft will Give Present Owners and People who will buy in stock Windows Phone 7.5 Mango/Tango smart phones a healthy trade in MONEY$ rebate to trade up to Windows 8 Smart phones and their present Carrier will not charge them any Penalty fees if they trade in their old Windows 7.5 mango smart phone before their 2 years contract is up. This will be expensive to Microsoft but it is the best Way for them to keep their Current customers and let New Windows smart phone customers know that Microsoft will not leave them stuck with outdated smart phones. This is called severe Public relations repair. Microsoft must bit the Bullet and pay big bucks to be a valuable Company that people will trust to buy something from.Wow this could cost Microsoft at least 2 billion dollars to repair

98. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If I were Nokia and any other windows smart phones OEM's I would now halt further Productions on any Windows 7.5 Mango/Tango smart phones because when the word gets out that these smart phones will be Obsolete later this year Even the Great Nokia Lumia 900 the best of Current Windows 7.5 Mango smart phones may be hard to sell. I am going to make a wild wild Prediction and that is Windows 8 for desktops, Laptops tablet Computers, servers and smart phones will come out months earlier than expected. Windows 8 smart will appear in september 2012.

102. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

There is two reasons Nokia and other manufacture using single core cpu, ( and low memory ) it is because Microsoft want to sell new phone when WP8 come out. They will say that it is not posible to upgrade because of the hardware. Another reason is to make the phone as cheap as posible to gain market share. I think that why Sony ( if not mistaken ) said they are waiting for WP8.

103. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What a way to screw your consumers Paul Thurrott

104. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

This is really stupid. How can a guy that 98% of the people who have commented on this post didn't know before this post was published, with no attachment to microsoft whatsoever, who has been wrong in the past saying that the lumia 710 would go to verizon and not t mobile and lots of other lies just come out and say this and suddenly everyone believes him because he has said something that hurts a platform that many people don't want to see develop! I am so annoyed by this so called blind fanboyism. It robs people of their judgement. So you really believe that after the billions of dollars that microsoft has invested in wp, they will just throw it and all it's users away? You believe that because wp8 will support multiple cores then it can't support single cores! This is just annoying watching people make all these stupid comments. Check the comments on android related articles, you will not find a single hate comment coming from a wp user, maybe an ios user, but not wp. Style up people!

105. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

They will throw it away if they want to destroy Nokia on purpose, which could be the real scenario after all.

107. jack1059

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

Sucker punched by MS. Nice job MS.
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