Every Windows Phone Ever Will Get The Windows Phone 8 Upgrade

If your phone is running Windows Phone 7, you'll be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 when it comes out. Yes, even if your handset was among the first to market. Hey Android, are you listening? That's how you do upgrades.

The announcement was made by a Microsoft spokesman earlier today and was pretty explicit:

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)

This means that the Windows Phone upgrade schedule is going to resemble the iOS upgrade schedule, with all devices getting upgrades at the same time. It prevents fragmentation and keeps early adopters happy. Good on you, Windows Phone! Now you just need to get your shit together, and we'll be in good shape. [WMPowerUser via TheNextWeb]



    YIPPEEE!!! That's great news........Can it be released early please?

    Good on them, I'll probably buy one just because of the aggressive pricing

    Good news, wasn't 100% sure, but figured at least gen2 devices would get the upgrade. Funnily enough some of the gen1 devices might work better with Apollo since it's meant to support SD storage.

    I do hope that we still get some manufacturers sticking with NAND though and not cheaping out back to slow SD expansion only.

    Good work Microsoft! Andriods updating schedule is terrible. How long has ICS been out now and there's, what, 2 phones that have been updated to it??

      Android manufacturers, you mean. It's hard to compete on updates when Microsoft set down minimum specifications, which guarantees compliance. But then, Android has a much higher market share...

        .. you forgot to add.. temporarily

    Although IMHO WP7 already "has it's shit together" with Mango, Apollo will bring support for more powerful hardware (and I have to admit, mobile gaming seems to be a major factor in platform adoption) and things like proper Skype integration.
    Apple-like hardware control and OS support with Android-like potential for device variation - that's what it's all about, from an ecosystem perspective. Also, (again, IMHO) unmatched UX.

    Yep definitely have the updates/upgrades system working a treat, just like Apple.
    Frustrated Galaxy S II user here. Sick of apps crashing on Android where they never crash on the equivalent version for Apple. Sick of waiting for carriers to 'test' software, Might as well sell the GS2 on ebay while I can still get a good price. I might be one of the few apple - android - apple converts who has had a windows phone as well haha

      I'd suggest reflashing the firmware, but it seems you've already made up your mind. I did it while dabbling in custom firmware on my S2 and it fixed all the issues I originally had.

        Thats odd, I've never had any problems with my iPhone... must be an android feature

    This is such a good thing, i was considering waiting for the Lumia 900 to be released but shied away due to the fact that with no solid release date in sight and the possibility of windows phone 8 begin released towards then end of the year and not being able to update current Windows phone devices to Apollo, left me waiting specifically for windows phone 8 devices but hearing this does make me reconsider.

    What? You serious that my my crappy 4 or so year old Touch Diamond will be upgraded to Windows Phone 8...?

    I call it a lie.

      Ok, maybe I misunderstood - this is just an upgrade to Windows Phone 7, not Windows Mobile (which itself was abysmal....

      Kinda less amazing, really.

        Kinda amazing that you can't tell the difference between Windows Mobile and Windows Phone in the first place... :--P

    Sweet, I'm still rocking the original Mozart at this stage. Wonder how the poor little guy will cope with Apollo.

    I thought it was bad that it took MS so long to get into phones/tablets properly. Now I see they were waiting to find out what others weren't doing well and would (I guess) try to do it better.

    BTW while fragmentation in Android is real I think its been over-hyped as everyone I know with an Android device has not been bothered in the least by it.

    That's great news, and hats off to Microsoft for the foresight.
    Who's the owner of the sentence containing "expectable" though? There are plenty of perfectly good REAL words they could have used.

    Except for Telstra users. You will be forced to wait 8 months while Telstra "test" the new software, before abandoning it.

    You have two stories on the same page that conflict on this information. Can you please edit whichever one is incorrect??

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