Every Windows Phone Ever Will Get the Windows Phone 8 Upgrade (Updated)

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If your phone is running Windows Phone 7, you'll be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 when it comes out. Yes, even if your handset was among the first to market. Hey Android, are you listening? That's how you do upgrades.


Update: The Verge is reporting that the upgrade path might not be quite as straightforward as suggested.

The announcement was made by a Microsoft spokesman earlier today and was pretty explicit:

Q: In terms of devices, who today have one is it expectable that…
A: What Microsoft said/stated and what I'm allowed to tell you is that all actual devices will get upgrade to the next major version of Windows Phone (we´re talking about Apollo)

This means that the Windows Phone upgrade schedule is going to resemble the iOS upgrade schedule, with all devices getting upgrades at the same time. It prevents fragmentation and keeps early adopters happy. Good on you, Windows Phone! Now you just need to get your shit together, and we'll be in good shape. [WMPowerUser via TheNextWeb]

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I wonder how WP8 would run on these handsets. I've noticed that with my iPhone friends, the performance of their phones went down with the newer OS. The iPhone 3G was destroyed by iOS4 and this weekend, I noticed that an iPhone 4 running iOS5 was laggy when moving along homescreens. I should point out that the iPhone 4 did have 5 icons in the dock, but I wouldn't think that would make a huge difference...would it?

Don't get me wrong, getting updates is great. And as an Android user, I really wish people didn't have to resort to flashing custom roms just to get the latest version of ICS. But having said that, at the end of the day, I think people simply want the best experience and I wonder if Windows Phone 8 on something like a Samsung Focus would actually improve the experience without the cost of performance and/or battery life.