Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 14:34 UTC
Windows In an unexpected turn of events, we're seeing 'FUD' being spread about Microsoft, for once. Lots of articles on the web highlighting how the support lifecycle for Window Phone 7/8 and 8 is to end in July 2014, as if WP8 devices won't be getting any updates beyond that point. This already seemed unlikely early to me, and with my magical unicorn powers of, you know, common sense I already made the assumption that this only applies to versions 7.8 and 8.0 - not 8.5 or 9.0 or whatever the next version will be. WMPowerUser shares my unicorn powers: "On the other hand the OS support date is reset with any never version of the OS, so a Windows Phone 8.5 or 9 update in November 2013 would bring along its own 18 month of security updates. Microsoft has already promised all current Windows Phone 8 handsets will receive the next major version of the operating system."
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by Nelson on Mon 18th Mar 2013 14:53 UTC
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This is a consequence of a hyper-connected media we live with. There must always be tea leaves, there must always be something to be made from nothing.

People refuse to accept that such information is just at this point not available, and instead do something I think is more dangerous, which is to start trying to see things that don't exist.

I understand why people might make the leap. Yes, Microsoft really did burn WP7 adopters. A terrible idea, but one they've likely already paid the PR costs for. However it is unrelated to support dates completely.

Microsoft and others could avoid a lot of this destructive misinformation by simply being more forthcoming. By now, its common sense that something will exist beyond WP8. Why not say that? It would be trivial for them to say "Windows Phones will get the next major set of updates -- at the very least".

I know they've sorta kinda have said it via various executive interviews, but a direct and forceful statement is a powerful thing.

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