Some folks have held off the purchase of Windows Phone 7 devices simply because they are not sure whether Windows Phone 8 will be available as an update or not in the future. Well, it is time to make an informed decision now that you heard from the horse’s mouth, as Nuno Silva, Microsoft evangelist, shared over an interview that Windows Phone 8 (also known as Apollo) will be arriving on all current handsets as an update in due time.As to the exact dates of Windows Phone 8 updates hitting the various devices, that remains to be seen since plenty of kinks still need to be worked out. Do bear in mind though that while Microsoft did not come up with an official statement to back up Nuno’s statements, whatever was shared should be taken with a grain of salt. Check out the clip with Nuno Silva above for more details. Needless to say, while current hardware could run on Windows Phone 8, that will still mean some of the other features found in Windows 8 may be be inaccessible – such as support for higher resolution and a speedier performance, thanks to multi-core processors. I guess the saving grace is this: you may not need to make any hardware upgrade at all. With this bit of news out, has it helped nudge you towards making the correct purchase decision, or would you rather wait for a native Windows Phone 8 device?
April 16, 2012 09:48pm EST
Microsoft on Monday revealed more details about the four editions of Windows 8 it will release when it makes its next operating system available later this year, including some key features that will be part of Windows RT, the SKU that’s optimized for ARM processors.
“First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows,” Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft’s Windows communications manager, wrote on the official Windows blog.
Microsoft’s next OS for PCs and tablets powered by 32-bit and 64-bit x86 chips will come in two flavors, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, that can be purchased by consumers. Another edition of the x86-optimized Windows 8 will be made available to bulk purchasers, while the Windows on ARM (WOA) offering, Windows RT, comes in just one flavor and is only available as a pre-installed OS.
With just four editions, and just two that most consumers will have to make an active choice between, Microsoft is at last going the simple route with an OS release. Moving away from the multi-edition OS releases it’s done in recent years is sure to please critics who have complained that it can be difficult for the average user to know which of several versions of Windows is best for their needs.