Mango to Apollo

This is a repost from my blog. Hope you don't mind.

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The Verge broke a story today claiming that no current Windows Phone will be upgraded to Apollo come Autumn. This is what their source (who remains unnamed, by the way) said:

Now, a trusted source close to Microsoft tells us [the information in the evangelist video] is absolutely not the case, that instead there will be no upgrade path from Mango to Apollo.

Now this is obviously to be taken with a pinch of salt – as Windows Phone Daily puts it:

Let’s check the tally so far: MS Nerd says yes, Mary Jo Foley says no, a Microsoft evangelist says yes, The Verge says no, and MS Nerd said yes (again). What’s the answer? Your guess is as good as ours…and maybe that’s the point. It’s entirely possible Microsoft has been purposely sending out contradictory information in an effort to keep Apollo under wraps.

Let’s also remember the rumours that the kernel of Windows Phone 8 will be based on WinRT, and not WinCE as it currently is. In this light, I’d like to point out:

You know, all they could mean by “no upgrade path” is “no direct upgrade path” – in that one must flash their phone in order to upgrade. This would be similar to what some devs did when testing out Mango.

This would make sense if the rumours about changing the kernel were true.

It would also imply that a full backup suite is coming. Which would be awesome.

Final thought: Microsoft would be insane to not have some form of upgrade for their existing devices.

Microsoft, Nokia: stop letting rumours control your products’ marketing. It’s bad for everyone. And, The Verge: please stop being so Guardian in your reporting, you’re starting to gain a bad reputation.