The fragmentation cracks have already started to form in the world of Windows Phone, thanks to Tango and its 256MB of RAM.
There were concerns that the next major version – thought to be called Windows Phone 8 with codename ‘Apollo’ – might drive a further wedge, but now Microsoft has officially told us not to get our knickers in a twist, with a post on The Windows Phone Developer Blog.
The post reads: "With regard to existing applications: today’s Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone. Driving application compatibility is a function of Microsoft’s commitment to its developers.
“Regardless of what we release in terms of new developer features and functionality, we have made a large investment in protecting your existing investments."
Those comments echo the semi-official confirmation we spied in a recent job advertisement, which included the description: “Automated testing of marketplace applications written for Mango, but running on Apollo. Write code, file bugs."
As well as introducing a host of new features and that, Windows Phone Apollo is tipped to increase the scope of compatible specs, paving the way for the first dual-core Windows Phone handsets. Probably.