Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jun 2012 18:38 UTC
Windows So, Windows Phone 7.5. I love it - warts and all. It has its issues, but it's so distinctive and fun it's pretty hard to not like it. So, for me, those three other people, and that cow, Microsoft today announced Windows Phone 8. It brings lots of cool new features, is built upon the Windows NT kernel and shares much of its lower levels with Windows 8, and oh, not a single current Windows Phone 7 device will be upgraded to it.
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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Thu 21st Jun 2012 02:05 UTC
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As a Lumia owner I'm not really bothered by this.

The NT kernel wasn't ready to be put on a smartphone a at the time WP7 came out, and the CE kernel isn't capable. There had to be something out in the meantime.

All the apps I own will still work on my next phone, and my phone will continue to work after WP8 comes out.

yeah, It'd be nice if I had more than just one major update to look forward too, but a software change this large isn't likely to happen again in the new future, so I'm not actually too worried about it.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Priest on Thu 21st Jun 2012 03:35 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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I mostly agree, things are moving really fast right now and it's probably not the best time to bog potential down with legacy compatibility issues.

Some of the features (NFC etc.) are tied to hardware that doesn't exist on those phones and others are getting rolled into windows 7.8 so the existing Windows 7 owners will get many of the updates their phones are able to support.

It allows future windows 8 developers to make certain assumptions with hardware capability without having windows 8 phones divided into legacy and pure experiences.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by cdude on Thu 21st Jun 2012 09:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Its not NFC that makes the difference between WP7 and WP8. Nobody would really care if Lumia gets a WP8 upgrade that doesnt support NFC cause the device does not.

Its also not the smaller tiles that come with WP7.8 that make the difference between WP7 and WP8.

Its the market, the software that will only run on WP8 but not on WP7. Its all the software that is still missing and incomplete for WP7 that you cannot run on your 6 months old device. Its that once WP8 came out the small set of developers jump ship and leave WP7 behind what means no new software, no software upgrades any longer. Its IE10 which is there for WP8 but not for WP7. Its Office which is there for WP8 but not for WP7. And so on.

WP7 will be dead the moment WP8 comes out. Cause Lumia cannot be upgraded Lumia will be dead the moment WP8 comes out. That is in just some months. Lumia900 has a life-time of less then 6 months!

Edited 2012-06-21 09:36 UTC

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