Most of Windows Phone lovers who go around tech blogs know Paul Thurrott and his WindowsITPro, WinSuperSite sites. He is one of the early adopters of Windows Phone and spreading word about Windows Phone and its developments on his sites Supersite for Windows and Windows IT Pro. On 20th April he blogged that his Microsoft insiders said that there would be no roll out of Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo for the Generation 2 and Generation 1 Windows Phones. He made few points why Microsoft wouldn’t release the upgrade for existing Windows Phones including the Generation 2/higher end Windows Phones such as HTC Titan, HTC Titan II, Samsung Focus S, Nokia Lumia 900 etc.
He says “Allow me to set the record straight. No. It won’t happen. Not for the Lumia 900, and not for any other existing phone. It won’t happen partially, through an update that will deliver just some features, and it won’t happen for those who wish to pay for such an update. It simply isn’t happening. Sorry. But please don’t email me about this; I’m just the messenger". Ok, I am not shooting the messenger, but he and his insiders were proven so many times regarding the Verizon’s Trophy launch, Mango launch, and other. He is a great resource for all of Windows Phone lovers, but he had been proven wrong many times and his tipsters probably misled him this time too.
One of his point is “Second, the experience would be terrible; Windows Phone 8 is based on Windows 8, not Windows Phone 7.x, and requires headier, higher-end hardware with two or more core processors.” This is totally moot in many regards. Since Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 share same kernel, he also agrees to that, and Microsoft showed Windows 8 running on Single Core ARM Processor at Mobile World Congress 2012 Barcelona, that experience statement is totally moot. Ok, I understand that is a “Consumer Preview”. Few of us including David, Jim and I are running that Windows 8 CP on older single core processors without hitch. David and I use ExoPC powered by Intel Atom Oak processor, and Jim uses his 8 year old Fujitsu Lifebook. My point is when a beta of Full OS is capable of running on single core ARM without hitch, then why a stripped version of it running on Single core is an issue.
This is one of the stupid things I have ever heard, i.e a mobile OS needing dual cores or multiple cores. Well there could be some games or apps that might need dual core processor or higher, but for majority of the apps and games, I don’t think so. If that is the case of needing higher end hardware such as dual core or more for a mobile OS, why would Microsoft just released a Tango update, and making the lower end phones can enjoy competing with other platforms’ lower end phones in emerging markets? This allowed Nokia and other Microsoft ODM/OEM partners and carriers to sell cheaper phones in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Russia etc. If Microsoft is that stupid, they might deserve a failure in Mobile market considering Paul and his Tipsters are right this time. I own Microsoft stocks and I hate see Microsoft losing the mobile market.
And also there are rumors contradicting this that WP8 running on Nokia 610 tweeted by MS_Nerd few days ago and a Chinese forum saying Nokia 800 running Apollo (WP8) and its translation you could see at Insideris.
The only tech reason I see is a clean install might be needed due to different kernel and that may make user to lose her/his stuff. But I bet that that can be fixed with some sync app to SkyDrive and this can be easily done by Microsoft.
And if Microsoft is not doing it means there must be a business decision that is overriding technology is a request/order from their partners including OEMs/ODMs, Carriers, Board, but not tech issues. And why is Microsoft so quite on these for a long time and let the rumors happen is out of my knowledge. I hope Microsoft will end these rumors pretty soon.
And I hope Paul Thurrott is totally wrong this time too.