Though officially the truth still remains a mystery, recent claims suggest that first and second-generation Windows Phone handsets will be receiving the upgrade to Windows 8 when it's released later this year.
Most recently, Nuno Silva, a developer evangelist at Microsoft, made statements in an interview with Portuguese technology site Zwame that clearly state that older WP handsets will, in fact, receive the upgrade. Whether or not this is actually the case, however, remains to be seen, as Microsoft refuses to confirm Silva’s allegations.
The interview, which was conducted on video, has since been pulled from the site, but one key segment was saved by tech blog WMPoweruser, which was roughly translated as follows:
Q: In terms of devices, who today have one is it expectable that...
A: 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).
Q: When you say actual devices. Are all that came out to market?
A: Are all that came out. Since the first generation that were bought. The LGs and SAMSUNGs, the OMNIA 7 which were the first devices with Windows Phone reaching the market.
While Silva sounded quite sure about the upgrades, Microsoft has yet to confirm his statements. When contacted by Ars Technica about Silva’s claims, an unidentified Microsoft spokesman responded with, “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,” and that Microsoft hasn't “shared any info on [the availability of upgrades] yet.”
And indeed this is the case. Microsoft has made no official or public statements about the upgrades yet, which raises the question of what exactly Silva was referring to when he said, “what Microsoft said/stated.”
But that does not negate the possibility that current Windows Phones will be forward compatible. Microsoft may not have confirmed what Silva said, but it did not deny it either. It simply pointed out that it has made no statements on the subject and, for the time being, is choosing to stay quiet about it. It’s also possible that there were simply translation issues with the interview, so some of the confusion here could be attributable to that.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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