After writing about confusion regarding the upgrade path to Windows 8 from XP and Vista, yesterday I came across this from theVerge.

Basically, there is not a clear answer about whether users who are using Windows Phone today (like the new Nokia Lumia 900) will be able to upgrade to the next version of Windows Phone – Windows Phone 8 (codename Apollo).

Here’s the quote:

Earlier today, a developer evangelist for Microsoft was quoted as saying that all Windows Phone devices would get an upgrade to the “next major version” of the operating system. Now, a trusted source close to Microsoft tells us that is absolutely not the case, that instead there will be no upgrade path from Mango to Apollo.

Now, I have to say that I pray that this is not true.

First, I would be pissed off as all heck if I just bought a Lumia that was going to be obsolete when Windows Phone 8 came out later this year (or early next year).

Second, it would say a lot about the level of thought and vision that has been given to the Windows Phone strategy at Redmond.

Basically, it would be shooting themselves in the foot with a bazooka right as the iPhone 5 launched in (rumor) September.

What do y’all think?

Will current Windows Phones support Windows Phone 8?

Will you buy a Windows Phone?

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • 123321

    i really hope that wp7.5 can be updated to wp8!
    i just wanted to buy this amazing lumia 900…

    • glarepate

      If you’re not in a hurry just wait until October.  You may not get a 900 for free but you may get a good deal on its successor.

      If nothing else it will be clear by then whether the upgrade path requires new hardware.

  • Willem

    Yes and yes.

    I would buy the Lumia 900 – when it gets to Australia! And yes, I reckon there will be an upgrade path.

  • Zak

    I don’t really care. I love my Lumia 900 and the Mango OS. I’m sure I will be happy living with it for the next 12 – 18 months whether there is an OS upgrade or not.

    • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Thats very noble of you…

  • Sbates1712

    wel as far it goes we should be offered thew upgrade path free and then we can decide ourselves same as when they offered the upgarde free from office 7 to office 10