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Will Current Windows Phone 7 Handsets Be Updated To WP8 Apollo?

Opinions are divided when it comes to whether Windows Phone 7 handsets will be updated to Win 8, or not. The madness began yesterday, when sources close to the matter claimed that all phones will receive Apollo, while others stated the exact opposite.

In the first part of the day, Nuno Silva, a well-known Microsoft Evangelist developer, claimed that all smartphones running on Windows Phone OS will be upgraded with the upcoming version of Apollo. The source also referred to the first generation that was released on the market, including phones like the Samsung Omnia 7 and others by LG.

Nuno's own statement, "What Microsoft said and what I'm allowed to tell you is that all actual devices will get upgrade to the next major version of Windows Phone", was soon contradicted by Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet, as well as internal sources from TheVerge.

TheVerge was first to contradict the story, claiming that sources close to Microsoft think exactly the opposite. Windows Phone 8 is said to be introduced as a stand-alone version, and none of the phones running on Mango will be updated to Apollo. This includes smartphones with newer builds such as Tango.

This would mean disaster for those who recently purchased the Nokia Lumia 900 and owners of other advanced models. As sources add, Microsoft's inability of updating existing phones to Apollo could mean that the future version will contain some major improvements. That, or this may well be another clever marketing scheme.

Source: TheVerge (opens in new tab), WMPoweruser (opens in new tab), Mary Jo Foley (opens in new tab) (Twitter)