Windows Phone 7 series gets no love with backwards compatibility

Windows Phone 7 series gets no love with backwards compatibility
With Microsoft's intentions to clearly differentiate their latest platform from previous incarnations, the final nails to the coffin surrounding backwards compatibility for applications have been determined. During a Twitter Q&A session, Microsoft confirmed pretty much was expected when Windows Phone 7 Series came about – current Windows Mobile software would not be compatible with the Windows Phone 7 Series platform. Despite that shortcoming, Microsoft will continue to support its current platform and promised that they "will continue to work with our partners to deliver new devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will support those products for many years to come." Fortunately for those diehard Windows Mobile users out there, they'll still get that attention from the Redmond based company as many business professionals rely on the vast amount of core applications that they've been using. Some would argue that the new platform will have limited app support during the early part of its availability – thus taking up the status of being garnered as a feature phone. If Microsoft can start the ball on getting a handful of popular apps on board right from the start, it'll prove that they've got a fledgling ecosystem in place for users to take notice.

source: Twitter via wmpoweruser


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4 Comments

1. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Microsoft is shooting their own foot on this one for not having backward compatibility...

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I don't think so I have read that most apps will be portable to the new platform. I think they need a clean brake to make their product better

3. cupax

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

I don't think they are shooting their own foot. I think this is great, to forget about very obsolete WinMO6.5 and everything that comes with it. WInMo7 will be a revolution, not an evolution of something old. And apps will follow very quickly. Just think of how PC Windows would be great today if they would not carry on all the compatibility crap from the first versions... MS Thumbs Up! p.s. I'm sorry for HD2 users, but what would you thinking, to get something from MS for free?

4. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

They slept with the dog for too long.

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