Microsoft Evangelist Retracts Statements Concerning Apollo Upgrades

There has been some confusion recently surrounding whether or not current handsets like the Lumia 900 will receive the Apollo/Windows 8 upgrade once it is available. Nuno Silva recently went on record in a Portuguese interview saying that they would be upgradable, but Microsoft hotly refuted this yesterday. Today, Silva posted a retraction to the MSDN blog.

“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. “

So there you have it. It looks like Microsoft is making one of the dumbest possible mistakes by launching a flagship device only six months before it’s scheduled to be obsolete. At least Apple typically waits 12 to 18 months in between launching a new phone and the Nexus variety of Android phones come at the same pace. The previous iterations of iOS/Android phones receive proper updates, however.

Shame, Microsoft. Stop expecting people to adopt your platform if you’re not willing to support them when they do.

[via WPCentral]


  • Definitely saw this coming. It’s payback for them not pushing higher-end devices sooner.