Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 13:54 UTC
Windows If you ever needed any proof it's anything but roses ans sunshine over at Microsoft's Windows Phone division, it's this. The next version of Windows Phone, WP8, will run on the NT kernel, which marks a pretty substantial departure from the current release. This raises the question: will current handsets be upgradeable to WP8? First, Microsoft indicated no. Then they said yes (interview retracted). And now, they're saying no again.
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RE[2]: Foolish
by Moredhas on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Foolish"
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True, but all the cool stuff that may finally make Windows Phone worthwhile will probably only run on Windows Phone 8. Also, phones are a completely different climate to computers. People over the past ten years have grown to expect a certain support period and have a sense of entitlement regarding security updates and the like. Phones being updateable at all is a recent affectation. As recent as two and a half years ago, you could buy a phone and never expect an update, and the "average joe" customer probably wouldn't even notice he's not getting updates. He'd be encouraged to buy a new phone. Take Samsung, for example, they learned very quickly from the consumer backlash over their i7500 Galaxy Icon (their first Android handset) that you can't release an Android phone and never release an update. Prior to this phone, they'd actually re-release the SAME PHONES with a software update, and call them a new model. See the F480 and F480i, or any of a dozen early Omnia models.

Increasingly, when manufacturers put out some new device, they're letting their old ones rot, which effectively motivates upgrades.

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