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A recent, pretty unequivocal statement by Nuno Silva, Microsoft Evangelist, that all Windows Phones would be upgradable to Windows phone 8 caused quite a furore over the last 2 days.
Now Nuno has broken his silence and admitted that he was mistaken, and had mistaken app compatibility with upgradability of devices.
He posted the following statement on his MSDN blog:
My comments on Windows Phone (English)
I recently participated in an interview with the Portuguese website Zwame, where I made some comments on the future of Windows Phone that created confusion. Rumors are swirling, so I feel the need to clarify my statements.
The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone. This is the same guidance that Microsoft shared late last year.
I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday. I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability.
While we have given Windows Phone developers this preliminary guidance on app compatibility to help them with long term project planning, Microsoft does not have any further news to share on future products at this time.
As always, you can tell I am very excited about Windows Phone and I hope you are too! 🙂
This does of course leave us much as we was before his statement â€“ none the wiser, but with numerous unnamed sources suggesting strongly that upgrades will in fact not be coming.
If upgrades do indeed not come, there exists the possibility of multiple generation of Windows Phones existing at the same time in the market, much like various versions of Android is at present. How do our readers feel about the prospect? Let us know below.
Thanks RP for the tip.