Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Apr 2012 16:54 UTC
Windows So, Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva, who stated in an interview with a Portuguese website that current Windows Phone devices would be upgraded to Windows Phone 8, has officially retracted his statements about upgradeability. More fuel for the current-devices-will-not-get-WP8 fire.
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What happened to MS?
by sukru on Fri 20th Apr 2012 06:57 UTC
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They used to be champions of backwards compatibility. I know there is a sensible limit, but at least you'd expect to support WP7 devices for more than a year.

The support is needed to build a healthy ecosystem. You need developers, device manufacturers, users, mobile operators, and content providers on your system.

They dropped all WM 6.5 devices, and the codebase. They dropped VB 6. They dropped the original Xbox. Those choices were understandable, since the technology hit a dead end. (Like Win9X kernel and DOS, etc).

However they are now dropping WP7 devices, Silverlight, C#, and original Win32 API desktop apps. And not providing any sensible upgrade path.

Apple, which used to provide almost no backwards support, lets you install the latest iOS on iPhone 3GS, and is trying to migrate the API to their desktop OS. Btw, even though I personally dislike their choice of Obj-C, they at least try to support it everywhere.

How are they going to keep their ecosystem happy, if they change the API and the devices every other year?

Edited 2012-04-20 07:11 UTC

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