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  • "No upgrade path from Mango to Apollo", according to The Verge.

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    • While I don't think Microsoft ever officially guaranteed updates to future versions of the OS (more like Windows for PC and OS X for Mac, unlike iOS/Android for smartphones that people do now expect for free), I think people definitely expected it - and MS never stated otherwise to correct people who misunderstood.

      If the tech sites all make it sound like this makes the current platform obsolete, it will hurt Microsoft unless they come out with an official statement and perhaps clarify what they're going to do.

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      • Microsoft will have to respond eventually - the calls for a definitive answer seem to be multiplying. Someone needs to prevent this from turning into another PR shambles, and it obviously ain't gonna be Nokia.

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        • Originally posted by MilhouseVH View Post
          "No upgrade path from Mango to Apollo", according to The Verge.
          But has anyone considered the possibility of Mango/Tango handsets being upgradeable to the next iteration after Apollo?

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          • Originally posted by satsuma View Post
            But has anyone considered the possibility of Mango/Tango handsets being upgradeable to the next iteration after Apollo?
            Always about the next version with Windows Phone, isn't it?!

            Depends when the "next iteration" after Apollo surfaces - Microsoft are talking about an annual cadence for all future major releases.

            If Microsoft did have anything planned which would address the concern about the current lack of upgrade options for Mango devices it would make enormous sense to go public sooner than later. The longer they keep quiet the worse it's going to get for them.

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            • Originally posted by MilhouseVH View Post
              Depends when the "next iteration" after Apollo surfaces - Microsoft are talking about an annual cadence for all future major releases.
              The clue is in the emphasis added by me

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              • So - not seeing the issue here. When Apple do a major release, there are some handsets that cannot be upgraded. They still work fine, with the number of new apps available declining over time.

                What will WP8 bring to a Lumia 900? Hardware support for features the phone doesn't have... Anything else?

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                • Originally posted by Jimbo View Post
                  So - not seeing the issue here. When Apple do a major release, there are some handsets that cannot be upgraded. They still work fine, with the number of new apps available declining over time.
                  All but the original iPhone (released 2007) and iPhone 3G (2008) are supported by the latest release from Apple. So that's devices from mid 2009 that continue to be supported by Apple - how old is the 900/800/710/610? Not even a year old (and if you're in Europe hoping to buy a 900, it hasn't even been launched). That's pretty much the issue - and Windows Phone is a struggling platform that doesn't need setbacks like this.

                  Originally posted by Jimbo View Post
                  What will WP8 bring to a Lumia 900? Hardware support for features the phone doesn't have... Anything else?
                  Other than NFC, the 900 has pretty much everything it might need.

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                  • LG says no more Windows Phones planned, focusing on Android.

                    "The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure."

                    The company claimed that the partnership between it and Microsoft remains good but the plan to focus on Windows Phone, announced in 2009, has not worked out for them financially.
                    With Nokia being the favoured WP manufacturer, is this the first of many such decisions?

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                    • Barnes & Noble abandoning Android, Microsoft stuffing $300mn into Nook. Coincidence? Competing is so much easier when you have deep pockets (and lawyers) - shame about the Microsoft Reader dev team though, wasn't that a big launch on Nokia just a month ago?

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                      • Well that will be quite interesting to see

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                        • Nookia.

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                          • Have you patented that name? I like it!

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                            • Originally posted by normal View Post
                              Have you patented that name? I like it!
                              Sadly no, and shamelessly lifted from Horace.

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                              • Developer ecosystem reboot: Is Time Running Out for Windows Phone?

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