Microsoft Developer Evangelist Nuno Silva has retracted his previous statement that current Windows Phones will be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8. In a blog post published on Wednesday, Silva writes that he confused future Windows Phone app compatibility with phone update capabilities.
“The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone. This is the same guidance that Microsoft shared late last year,” Silva states. “I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday. I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability.”
Microsoft neither confirmed nor denied Silva’s initial statement, causing confusion about the state of Windows Phone 8 updates. Now that Silva’s public clarification matches Microsoft’s statements, it seems even more likely that Mango phones won’t see Apollo updates.
Then again, Microsoft might still be deciding on its Windows Phone update strategy, so current Windows Phone users don’t need to lose all hope. Yet.