Will Windows Phone Mango users be updating to Windows Phone 8?
Unfortunately, users of Windows Phone OS-running smartphone such as Samsung’s Omnia
- and Nokia’s Lumia
range will not be able to update their devices to Windows Phone 8. Instead, owners of Mango-operating handsets will be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 later this year.
Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s senior VP and Windows Phone manager explained
that: “Windows Phone 8 is a generation[al] shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware. BUT we care deeply about our existing customers and want to keep their phones fresh, so we’re providing the new Start screen in this new update.”
Microsoft stated that new applications designed specifically for Windows Phone 8 will not be made available for Windows Phone 7 devices, but apps that work on Windows Phone 7 (now over 100 000
) will run on Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
In related news, Microsoft recently unveiled
its Windows 8 and Windows RT-powered tablet range dubbed Surface and also revealed
an exciting development in Xbox Smart Glass, aimed at bridging the divide between tablet devices and the Xbox 360.