Apr 192012

Microsoft Windows PhoneMicrosoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva today cleared up some statements he made during a recent interview. During an interview, he said what every Windows Phone user today wants to hear; that Microsoft would upgrade all existing devices to the next major version. The comments contradicted earlier rumours. Unfortunately, it was also incorrect.

Silva has now clarified that he confused applications with devices.

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 [sic], 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 [sic].

With Apollo widely expected to be able to support multi-core processors and higher resolution displays, it remains to be seen if current devices will be able to meet the higher requirements. For its part, Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny that existing devices will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.

Read more: Life as a Developer Evangelist

Apr 182012

Microsoft Windows PhoneWhile a Microsoft developer evangelist claims that all existing Windows Phone devices will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, “a trusted source close to Microsoft” has told The Verge that this is untrue. Supporting earlier claims, the report indicates that there will not be an upgrade from Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) to Windows Phone 8 (Apollo).

For its part, Microsoft has yet to officially confirm one or the other. The only statement it provided is similar to ones in the past: “We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases.”

For those keeping track, it’s now 2 to 1 in favour of no upgrades.

Read more: The Verge

Apr 172012

Microsoft Windows PhoneThere is some encouraging news today for current Windows Phone owners who want to know whether their current device will be upgradeable to the next major version of Windows Phone (Windows Phone 8 / Apollo). Past rumours were not hopeful but Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva was far more positive and decisive in an interview with Zwame, a Portuguese mobile forum:

Zwame: In terms of devices, who today have one is it expectable [sic] that…

Silva: 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)

Zwame: When you say actual devices. Are all that came out to market?

Silva: 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.

Here is the portion of the interview in question:

It’s not quite an official Microsoft confirmation but is very promising nonetheless.

Update: Then again, maybe not.

Read more: Zwame (in Portuguese) [Google translation] (Source: WMPowerUser)