Yet another claim that current devices will not receive Windows Phone 8

June 6, 2012 at 14:37 GMT | By John Williams

According to the German website WIWO, Phone Windows 8 will not come on all current Windows Phone smartphone because it is technically impossible. This of course is not the first time we've heard this. Remember what serial leak-star Paul Thurrott claimed? If not, here is what he wrote:

"First, there's no economic imperative; Microsoft’s partners have sold very few Windows Phones, and supporting a new platform on legacy hardware would be expensive. Second, the experience would be terrible; Windows Phone 8 is based on Windows 8, not Windows Phone 7.x, and requires headier, higher-end hardware with two or more core processors. Third, handset makers and wireless carriers would never support this upgrade; they want to sell new phones. And finally, wireless carriers would never, ever, ever, ever deliver this update to users. There is just no way this will ever happen. And that's true even when you factor out that I know for a fact that this isn't happening."

Michael Kroker from also claims to have received the information from sources close to Microsoft and Nokia. According to Mr Kroker, all current Windows Phone devices will receive a reduced version of Windows Phone 8 which will probably will be called Windows Phone7.6 or 7.7. He claims that Windows Phone 8 cannot be installed on current devices because they use different chip-sets.

Who do we believe now? I guess we will know on the 20th of June.


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    John fell in love with the Microsoft mobile platform the moment he laid his eyes on the indomitable HTC HD2. Currently an IT project manager, John devotes the little time he can spare to WPSF. Current device » Nokia Lumia 800

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