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When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 last year, it also had to break a bit of bad news to the early adopters of its new Windows Phone platform by revealing that Windows Phone 7 hardware would not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. Instead, those devices would be bumped up to Windows Phone 7.8, which recently started rolling out with the new Start screen and resizable Live Tiles of Windows Phone 8 but without some goodies like over the air firmware updates and removable microSD support. The good news for Windows Phone 8 users is that they won't face a similar experience.

Greg Sullivan, who works at Microsoft as a senior marketing manager, today confirmed to PCMag that Windows Phone 8 is upgradable and that WP8 users don't need to worry about a repeat of the whole Windows Phone 7/7.8 situation. "We're going to have an upgrade path going forward," Sullivan explained. 

Windows Phone 7.8 was a nice update for Windows Phone 7 owners, bringing several of the cosmetic changes of Windows Phone 8 and breathing a bit of new life into the WP7 hardware. It's also worth noting that many of the new features of Windows Phone 8, like support for higher-resolution displays and NFC, don't matter to Windows Phone 7 users anyway because they're hardware-related.

Still, it's kind of a bummer that the Windows Phone 7 crowd wasn't able to officially be bumped up to Windows Phone 8 to enjoy more of the new OS's features, especially since the folks that bought WP7 hardware were the early adopters of Microsoft's new platform. It's good to hear that Microsoft avoided a repeat of that situation with Windows Phone 8, because even though we don't know exactly what Microsoft has in the pipeline for Windows Phone, it means that current WP8 users don't need to worry that they may not get the fresh firmware that Microsoft has planned.

The Microsoft executive also touched a bit on why his company has been so quiet during Mobile World Congress, which officially kicked off on February 25. Sullivan said that Microsoft has been keeping itself busy with multiple partner meetings on each day, but that it opted not to hold a big press conference because of its new "shut up and ship" mentality. He elaborated by saying that Microsoft doesn't plan to announce new versions of Windows Phone months before they're available. Instead, Sullivan teased that we could see "some exciting new devices and more interoperability" announced before Microsoft reveals its next operating system. Exactly what Microsoft is planning is a mystery for now, but with today's news about Windows Phone 8 upgradeability and this tease of new hardware and increased interoperability, it seems like Windows Phone fans have a lot to get excited about.

Via PCMag


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Jeff Seaver
Jeff Seaver iPhone & Andrid
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel 920 and Venue Pro on t-mo. The DVP didn't get upgraded, I almost got GN2 coz I wus so upset... But got the Lumia 920 out of pocket instead. Still waiting on M$ to be real and pony up that 5" Device.
Leanna Honcoop-Farris
Leanna Honcoop-Farris I have the Lumia 822. No problems. Love it. But I am eager to see what MS is going to do next.
Adrian Salazar
Adrian Salazar I call bs until i see it actually done, I'll stick with my Samsung Galaxy S 3
Maik Keller
Maik Keller Lumia 820 love it! :)
Rok Vrtacnik
Rok Vrtacnik Put a SD slot in there and strike some life into that sad market and im sold
Stephen E. Ribble
Stephen E. Ribble Running a Lumia 810 on Tmos 42+ network, the best of the 8xx series....and soon to be bumped up to LTE....love this phone!
Shin Wolf
Shin Wolf no
Nestor Pujols
Nestor Pujols HTC 8X!
Cary Mompoint Jr
Cary Mompoint Jr They left a bad impression after the last two major updates were not made available that had only been released a year earlier.
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper HTC 8x
David Kimberlin
David Kimberlin Yay.... Maybe you guys will get more colors for your tiles.... B-) DROID ftw :-P
Jeffrey Dickson
Jeffrey Dickson Using a Lumia 822 and I really wish I could upgrade to a new phone. WP8 has been driving me crazy with glitches and other problems.
Kevin Post
Kevin Post Htc 8S Vodafone (Verizon) EU edition;)
Tim Fleming
Tim Fleming Lumia 920...best phone I have ever owned hands down. I am starting to get that wanting feeling for the HTC ONE though lol
Brandon Holley
Brandon Holley I'll wait until that actually happens, until then I'm content with my galaxy nexus, Yeah that phone released over a year ago....That nexus.
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson I switch back n forth between my Nexus 4 and Lumia 900 (back-up phone). WP kinda left a bad impression with me with the L900. So I think I'll stay away from them. Heck I still haven't got the 7.8 update for my Lumia 900.........
Marwan Ahmed
Marwan Ahmed Nokia Lumia 920
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels awesome then! cant wait til May when 920s can be unlocked
Jay Ortiz
Jay Ortiz HTC 8x....content for now.
Michael Laschober
Michael Laschober 8x #im satisfied
Mod Bilal Alnatour
Mod Bilal Alnatour Lumia 920
Willie James Martin Jr.
Willie James Martin Jr. HTC 8X
Chris Wilkins
Chris Wilkins HTC 8x! Love this phone!
Ruben D. Perez
Ruben D. Perez Lumia 920
John Eli Rutledge
John Eli Rutledge I am still waiting for my 7.8 upgrade.... how about they focus on that first.
Bogdan Voinea
Bogdan Voinea HTC 8X




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