Nuno Silva, a developer evangelist for Microsoft, recently participated in an interview with Portuguese website Zwame, during which he stated that first- and second-generation Windows Phone 7 models will upgradable to Windows 8 when the latter is released. Today he issued a follow-up, clarifying his statements and essentially redacting his words.
“The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone,” he said in a blog post. This is, of course, jives with what is really the only official statement Microsoft has made regarding forward compatibility between Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8.
“I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday,” he continued. “Microsoft does not have any further news to share on future products at this time.”
While it is entirely possible that there was some sort of translation issue, language barrier, or general misunderstanding, it’s worth noting that the interviewer was very deliberate with his questioning. After Silva said that all devices would receive an upgrade to Windows 8, the interviewer asked a second time — seemingly for the sake of clarification — if Silva was in fact saying that all devices that were currently out on the market would be upgradable, to which Silva responded yes, and confirmed that he was talking about all devices since the first generation.
A previous report revealed many of the features of Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) already.
Source: MSDN Blogs