Current Windows Phone owners might not want to get their hopes up about upgrading to Windows Phone 8 according to reports through CIO.com
. It appears as though existing Windows Phones will not be upgraded to the next software version, also known as “Apollo.”
Initially it was believed that all Windows Phones would be able to upgrade to the next major software version, after Nuno Silva, a Microsoft developer, stated they would in an interview with Zwame, a Portuguese Web site. Silva later retracted this statement and wrote in a blog post, “The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone.” It’s been rumored that Apollo will include support NFC, multi-core processors and a wider range of screen resolutions. Microsoft has not made an official statement in regards to the update.
Yankee Group Research VP Carl Howe comments
“This is an important decision for Microsoft to get right. If it decides to upgrade all early adopters to Windows 8, Microsoft will have to spend time, effort and money ensuring that they support older hardware with the new software. If it decides not to upgrade early adopters of Windows Phone, it risks alienating the early adopters who have taken a chance on their new platform. The former is the right decision for the long run; the open question is whether Microsoft is willing to put in the time and money to get it right.”