There has been great confusion recently concerning Apollo as to whether the current Windows Phone handsets, like Lumia 900, would have it or not, once Apollo is available. While in a recent press conference, Nuno Silva said that yes, they would be upgradable, Microsoft clearly refused this fact yesterday. And today again, Silva posted a contradictory post to the MSDN blog. Here’s the post:
“I recently participated in an interview with the Portuguese website Zwame, where I made some comments on the future of Windows Phone that created confusion. Rumors are swirling, so I feel the need to clarify my statements.
The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone. This is the same guidance that Microsoft shared late last year.
I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday. I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability.
While we have given Windows Phone developers this preliminary guidance on app compatibility to help them with long term project planning, Microsoft does not have any further news to share on future products at this time. “
It seems like Microsoft is making one of the silliest possible mistakes by introducing a flagship device just six months before it would get obsolete. Compare that with Apple and Nexus variety of Android phones and you will see a gap of 12 to 18 months between the launch of two new phones. Also, both of these ensure proper updates for their phones.
This is highly shameful and poor customer support on part of Microsoft.