Earlier today we reported that WMPowerUser posted a transcribed video interview snippet from Portuguese site Zwame.pt, quoting a Microsoft evangelist as saying that “all actual devices will get upgrade to the next major version of Windows Phone (we´re talking about Apollo) “.
While we would love to believe that, especially for the latest phones like the Nokia Lumia 900, tech journalists are hearing from their sources that it simply ain’t so:
As we said in our original post, if the upgrade path were true, “it’s beyond us why Microsoft *wouldn’t* make that announcement, as consumers might be more willing to buy a Windows Phone now if they knew it was certain to get an Apollo upgrade”.
The Verge first posted an update to their story on the video with a typically vague response from Microsoft, but one that certainly didn’t confirm the evangelist’s claims:
Microsoft has reached to say that “we have nothing to share about future releases,” although the company does note that at the very least that “all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone.”
Then The Verge posted again, this time quoting a “trusted source close to Microsoft” as saying that an upgrade path from current Windows Phones to Windows Phone 8 is “absolutely not the case, that instead:
there will be no upgrade path from Mango to Apollo.
We were surprised at the “news” today, and really aren’t very surprised that it’s being, unofficially at least, denied. Microsoft is in a bit of a tight spot here, as they can’t deny the report without possibly harming current Windows Phone sales, but they can’t really let it slide, either, as it came from a Microsoft employee.
So for those of you who just bought or are about to buy new Nokia, enjoy it, they’re really good phones. For those of us who bought Windows Phones on Day One, our two year contracts should be running out just in time for a nice new Nokia Pureview running Apollo!