Computerworld is positing that current Windows phone handsets will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8.1
Computerworld’s reasons are rather flimsy, based on the opinions of 3 software developers concerned about discounts on current Windows Phone handsets, and ignoring the new generation of WP8 handsets on the way, and the article seems rather inaccurate, stating Windows Phone 8.1 will be released in November this year or early 2014, suggesting they are conflating Update 3 with WP 8.1.
The article also includes two confirmations from a named Nokia spokesperson that the update will indeed be available, with spokeswoman Nina Ratavaara said first, "We don’t comment on future products, but Microsoft has confirmed that smartphones running Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.1." and then, redacting this somewhat to remove mention of the unannounced product, saying two hours later, "Microsoft has confirmed that smartphones running Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable."
Microsoft itself gave a statement, saying Windows Phone OS "is upgradeable … If or how individual devices are upgraded has not been announced."
Of course the Computerworld article goes on to waffle some more about the uncertainty of it all, and the need for Microsoft to make a clear statement to buyers. We agree with this to some extent – Microsoft is reaping the reward for the fiasco around Windows Phone 7.5 and its upgrade path, and has certainly not earned anyone’s trust back yet.
I cant help but wonder about Computerworld’s motives however, with the article urging buyers to beware of buying a Windows Phone. Has the OS grown faster than any of the media who spent much of 2012 laughing at Windows Phone expected and are journalists now trying to cut it down to size? I guess we are now beyond the laughing phase into the fighting phase, and we know what comes after that…