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Old 04-18-2012, 12:34 AM
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Default Windows Phone 8 coming to all devices, says Evangelist, but other sources disagree

Nuno Silva, one of Microsoft’s Portuguese Windows Phone Evangelists, has revealed that Windows Phone 8 (codenamed “Apollo”) will indeed be made available as a free update to every single handset. This news doesn’t come directly from one of Microsoft’s official sources, but Evangelists are generally pretty well informed about what their employer is doing.

The full text, confirmed by multiple people fluent in Portuguese, is as follows:

Q: In terms of devices, who today have one is it expectable that…
A: What Microsoft said/stated and what I’m allowed to tell you is that all actual devices will get upgrade to the next major version of Windows Phone (we´re talking about Apollo)
Q: When you say actual devices. Are all that came out to market?
A: Are all that came out. Since the first generation that were bought. The LGs and SAMSUNGs.. OMNIA 7 which were the first devices with Windows Phone reaching the market.

Mary Jo Foley and The Verge, however, disagree. Her sources say that current Windows Phone devices will not be upgradeable from Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" to Windows Phone 8 "Apollo." Which is it, Microsoft? Obviously, confirming that existing devices will not be compatible with future OS updates could harm sales, something Microsoft and its partners would not like, but the uncertainty is annoying, to say the least.

Microsoft has been hesitant to discuss the first truly major update to the Windows Phone OS, due this fall, so current device owners are understandably apprehensive about whether or not they’ll be able to upgrade their first and second generation devices. What’s more, rumors of a completely new codebase, closely related to Windows 8, haven’t helped concerns. Some people have intentionally held off on picking up the recently-released Nokia Lumia 900 for just this reason, instead opting to wait for the Next Big Thing. The Redmond software giant has, however, confirmed that existing apps will be compatible with Windows Phone 8. This is extremely important due to the platform’s growing Marketplace, which recently passed the 80,000 mark.

Silva’s comment doesn’t make universal updates a sure thing, but it should help people relax a little... provided it's true. Do you, like us, wish Microsoft would just confirm whether or not upgrades are a done deal?

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