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Frank Castle
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4/18/2012 | 2:01:15 PM
re: Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Whats the confusion? Did Microsoft have an upgrade for those on Windows Mobile to Windows Phone? They often didn't even provide upgrades between Windows Mobile 6 and 6.5.

The idea (expectation) your device will get "upgrades" is dead. The new OS is tied to a new device thus forcing the hardware upgrade. Your mobile device is disposable. Why would the carriers/OEM want to provide OS updates a year or so after it's sold? What they should do is offer OS upgrades that add features for a cost. Then those that want to extend their device life can do so.

The reality is less than 5% of smartphone owners care about OS upgrades. Unless it's to fix something broke the bulk of people don't even upgrade .. until they buy a new phone. That is what carriers want and that is how the market is changing due to feature phone users migrating to smartphones. (The dumb down effect)
kbags
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4/18/2012 | 2:11:24 PM
re: Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Frank - I agree completely. While some of us "tech" guys worry about upgrades, I've talked to pretty much everyone at my office, and they have no idea what I'm even talking about when I refer to phone OS upgrades. Most of the office uses an Android device, and have no idea what I'm talking about when I ask whether they are rocking GB or ICS. I guess this is what you meant by feature phone users migrating to smartphones.

The only part of the article I took issue with was "If you bought the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 in December 2011, you'd expect that when Android 5.0 arrives a year later your device would receive the update, right?" Not so sure that is correct, given the delay almost every phone seems to encounter in getting Android updates tested, approved, and distributed by the carrier.
pgouldsw1
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4/18/2012 | 2:36:41 PM
re: Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
How do you know it's Microsoft breeding confusion? It's more likeely online tech sites. I very much doubt a "trusted source" would scupper the launch of the Lumia 900 and Titan II with this sort of thing. More likely cooked up by those who want WP to fail and hoping to deter new customers.
CIO
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4/18/2012 | 3:10:16 PM
re: Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
What a complete and utter disaster.

If the "Microsoft Portugese evangelist" is a Microsoft employee, and said the wrong thing, then Microsoft should correct it, or risk being sued by every Lumia buyer who thinks they'll get an upgrade to Windows Phone 8, but will later be told they won't.

Microsoft is sitting silent, in paralysis, unable to make an official statement from head office. Ballmer, what are you doing?

The next disaster will affect Windows Phone developers, who will eventually be told that Silverlight is out and WinRT is in.
AustinIT
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4/19/2012 | 12:51:02 AM
re: Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Think about this for a moment. It makes no sense for a carrier to subsidize the bulk of a phones cost hoping to recoup it under a two year contract. In the case of the Lumia 900 for instance which was just released to market, if it was not upgradable to Windows 8 later this year, then AT&T would get killed, Nokia would get killed, and Microsoft would get killed. These guys aren't THAT dumb now are they?

My educated guess is that all parties are having to sort out which phones will be upgradable by Carrier and by phone model before they release anything to the public.

I will venture that I could do a much better job handling PR for these guys. They need help in articulating a roadmap.
YMOM100
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4/19/2012 | 10:46:59 AM
re: Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Developers were already told that Silverlight is a dead end.


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