So….No Windows Phone 8 Update for Windows Phone 7 Devices?
Recently there has been a lot rumors and such on if 1st generation and 2nd generation Windows Phones will get the Windows Phone 8 update. First Microsoft said they would, than they said they meant all the apps would work, than they said…well whatever, you get the point.
Now a Microsoft expert Paul Thurrott says nope! No update for you! Since this is confusing enough the way it is I will give you all of his quote from the his site Windows IT Pro:
Will Microsoft, the Handset Makers, or Microsoft Support Upgrades to Windows Phone 8? Duh. No.
There were some dueling stories about whether it would be possible to upgrade any existing Windows Phone handsets—including first-generation Windows Phone 7 devices and newer Windows Phone 7.5 handsets like the Lumia 900—to the forthcoming Windows Phone 8. Allow me to set the record straight. No. It won’t happen. Not for the Lumia 900, and not for any other existing phone. It won’t happen partially, through an update that will deliver just some features, and it won’t happen for those who wish to pay for such an update. It simply isn’t happening. Sorry. But please don’t email me about this; I’m just the messenger. That said, please consider the following logic behind this decision, which doesn’t explain why I can be so emphatic about this topic—sources at Microsoft confirmed this for me anonymously after the company’s infamously hard-to-reach Windows Phone PR team belatedly offered up a “no comment” after repeated queries. First, there’s no economic imperative; Microsoft’s partners have sold very few Windows Phones, and supporting a new platform on legacy hardware would be expensive. Second, the experience would be terrible; Windows Phone 8 is based on Windows 8, not Windows Phone 7.x, and requires headier, higher-end hardware with two or more core processors. Third, handset makers and wireless carriers would never support this upgrade; they want to sell new phones. And finally, wireless carriers would never, ever, ever, ever deliver this update to users. There is just no way this will ever happen. And that’s true even when you factor out that I know for a fact that this isn’t happening. Again. Sorry.
While this seems like a reasonable enough explanation. (best one I’ve heard so far) I really don’t see Microsoft hanging 2nd generation (Lumias, HTC Titan II etc..) buyers out to dry on this one. Maybe it’s just me..I guess we will all just have to wait and see.