The Windows Phone “ecosystem” is very much up in the air at the moment, with fragmentation this and compatibility that being discussed here, there and everywhere.
Now Paul Thurrot, reporter, author, podcaster and news editor for Windows IT Pro, says – quite emphatically – that existing Windows Phone handsets will not receive the Apollo update.
Monsieur Thurrott reckons he has it on good authority that early adopters of Windows Phone will be left behind when Windows 8 (codenamed Apollo in the world of smartphones) arrives later in the year.
Paul croons: “Allow me to set the record straight. No. It won’t happen. Not for the Lumia 900, and not for any other existing phone. It won’t happen partially, through an update that will deliver just some features, and it won’t happen for those who wish to pay for such an update. It simply isn’t happening. Sorry. But please don’t email me about this; I’m just the messenger.”
There are three reasons, apparently. Reason the first: it’s not economical. By the time Apollo arrives, there’ll be something like 20 million Windows Phone users. In terms of tailoring and rolling out updates, it’s just not worth it for such a small user base.
Second, the existing hardware is decidedly modest, and Apollo will see Windows Phone handsets sit side by side with Windows 8 tablets and PCs and that. It’s time to go multi-core, man; convergence is the name of the game.
Finally (and this is my favourite reason), Paul says: “wireless carriers would never, ever, ever, ever deliver this update to users.” Ok then.
Of course, nothing is official just yet. Only last week, Microsoft Portugal Developer Evangelist, Nuno Silva, claimed in an interview that existing Windows Phones would be upgraded to Apollo, however the offending video was later pulled. Over to you, Microsoft.
via: Windows IT Pro