Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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kenji
Member since:
2009-04-08

If you ask me, Microsoft killed killed the platform by announcing that the current phones won't be supported by the upcoming Windows Phone 8. Who in his right mind, will want to buy a current Windows Phone like the Lumia only to be limited to version 7.x?

Consumers are not well informed and it is quite likely that they wouldn't even know that their shiny new WP7 phone will not be upgraded to WP8, which they probably never even heard of anyway.

Consumers are sheep and they will buy what they desire, not what is best.

Anyway, it's a big leap to assume that microsoft 'killed' windows phone by not upgrading current handsets. Very few people will care.

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

It is not the news that poisons the missing upgrade-path, its the consequences following them.

WP is not downwards-compatible. All new apps will not work on WP7. The already silent WP7 app-store becomes a ghost-town. No updated applications, no new features, nothing.

The big splash of marketing-fuse Microsoft does around WP8 will hit Lumia users. They will learn (through friends, support, shops, etc) that the multiple hundred $ device is, while only some months old, outdated, old, unsupported.

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kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

The big splash of marketing-fuse Microsoft does around WP8 will hit Lumia users. They will learn (through friends, support, shops, etc) that the multiple hundred $ device is, while only some months old, outdated, old, unsupported.


Of course they will find this out AFTER they own the device. Like I said, consumers are ill-informed.

I doubt that this will lead to 'the demise of windows phone' gloom and doom BS. This upgrade path fiasco is not the fatal blow that some think it is.

Did the lack of general upgrade-ability kill android? Phone hardware is really only 'current' for one to three months. "Designed obsolescence" is what it's called.

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Quake Member since:
2005-10-14

Remember, these sheep do have computer/technology proficient friends who can recommend them a good phone platform and they heed their friend's advice for the most part. And these sheep are more intelligent than you give them credit for.

I myself recommended some people to stay away from Lumia and instead bought an Android or an iPhone.

Edited 2012-07-04 00:30 UTC

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