Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable

Feb 27, 2013
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Microsoft has stated that its Windows Phone 8 series will be seeing updates in the future, unlike its Windows Phone 7 series that left many of its users stuck on outdated software. Greg Sullivan, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, stated "We're going to have an upgrade path going forward. Windows Phone 8 can evolve. We have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally hardware independent."

Sullivan says that Microsoft doesn't want to be like those companies that announce its next series of handsets months and months in advance. Microsoft wants to focus on its current set of Windows Phone 8 handsets, and enhance its users' experience as much as possible. He also stated, "As the market evolves and customer requirements demand it, we'll evaluate options." That's not to say there won't be any more Windows Phone 8 devices for a while, "Over the course of the next several months, I wouldn't be surprised to see some exciting new devices," stated Sullivan.

We've already seen that one of the updates for the Windows Phone 8 series of handsets is Windows Blue. It was accidentally leaked in a job posting for a Senior Development lead who could help design a revamped 'Excel' app for the update. However, it's uncertain whether or not the Windows Blue update will come after the Windows 8 GDR2 update, before, or if they're one and the same.

We know that HTC is trying to get a jump start on the next Windows Phone 8 update by launching the HTC Tiara. Being able to launch the first phone on a major update would help net it some great sales. It should also please many Windows Phone users that Microsoft is getting it right this time and is providing updates to their phones on a consistent basis now. It's very discomforting to find out that your device has no longevity.

[via PC Mag]


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