Nuno Silva: I was confused about the Windows Phone 8 update
April 19, 2012 at 17:21 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
Nuno Silva, the Microsoft Evangelist from Portugal who did more than his fair share of fueling the flames of confusion surrounding Windows Phone 8 update. Despite several high profile tech site maintaining that they had been informed by their sources that 1st an second generation Windows Phone devices will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) which is expected to ready before the end of the year.
Mr Silva made it explicitly it clear that all current Windows Phone 7 will receive the Windows Phone 8 upgrade in video interview by Zwame, a Portuguese mobile forum. It now appears that Mr Silva my have received a polite nudge from his bosses and encouraged to right his wrongs. Speaking via the MSDN blogs, Mr Silva had this to say:
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!
Well, this leaves us even more confused than we were in the first place. I cannot understand why Microsoft would choose to keep us in the dark, while allowing iSheep website like The Verge sow seeds of confusion. Why tell us that current device will be able to run Apollo apps and keep mum about the software update?
For some reason, I feel like Microsoft is going to drop the ball on this one, BIG TIME! If current devices are not able to update to Windows Phone 8, that would represent a massive PR disaster that could spell the end of Windows Phone. I say this because the few Windows Phone device owners out there are loyal early adapters that Microsoft cannot afford to piss-off. What do you guys think.
SOURCE: MSDN VIA: WMPU
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