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Microsoft Explains Legacy Handsets And Windows Phone 8

Radford C. Jun 20, 2012 0

Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan revealed to The Verge the reasons behind the company’s choice not to offer a direct upgrade from Windows Phone 7.x to Windows Phone 8.

The Verge reports:

Sullivan explained that “the nature of the investment [in Windows Phone 8] is primarily in areas that are not exploitable by existing hardware.” Windows Phone 8 introduces support for multi-core processors, amongst other things, so the “Lumia 900 getting support for using dual-core or NFC doesn’t mean a lot,” says Sullivan, “because it doesn’t have the hardware to take advantage of that.” Microsoft decided to focus its efforts on Windows Phone 8 to make it as good as it possibly could. “To do the work to bring all of those elements to a platform that can’t exploit them wasn’t necessarily the most efficient use of resource,” explains Sullivan.

Sullivan then talks about bring the Windows 8 UI to Windows 7.8 which will include handsets like the Lumia lineup of handsets and potentially HTC, Samsung and a few others (which there aren’t many anyway). I’d say that most of the Windows Phone 7.x handsets released this year have a chance for an upgrade.

“When you pull that Lumia out of your pocket after you’ve received that 7.8 update, it will look and feel the same as a Windows Phone 8 device,” claims Sullivan. “Because you don’t have a multicore chip and don’t have some of these other elements, it didn’t make sense for us to make those investments for devices that couldn’t really exploit them.” We pressed Sullivan for details on which devices will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 7.8, but he wouldn’t reveal specifics. “I think it’s safe to assume to latest generation of devices are a primary target,” he said, pointing to the Lumia 900 as an example of a device that the company wants to “keep fresh.”

Via »The Verge