Windows Phone 7.5 Devices Won’t Run Windows 8, Will Receive Update to 7.8 Instead

Looks like there will be very few Windows Phone purchases in the next few months. Microsoft today announced that current Windows Phone 7.5 devices won’t be able to run its new Windows Phone 8 operating system. However, those devices will get an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8, which will incorporate the new-look Start Screen of Windows 8.¬†

Microsoft also announced that Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC would create Windows Phone 8 devices, which will run Qualcomm processors, and be available in 50 languages and 180+ countries. Also, updates to the Windows Phone 8 operating system will be delivered over the air, and devices will be supported for at least 18 months. There’s no word, though, if the carriers themselves would be pushing out the updates, or if they’d be coming from Microsoft itself. However, Micorosft said it was starting a program that will let registered enthusiasts get early access to updates before they’re released to the public.

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  1. Phil T Says:

    It was also confirmed that Windows 8 apps will not be backwards compatible with Windows 7.5 devices. Silly me for buying a Lumia 900.

  2. Soulice Says:

    Epic fail! I have one and now I am going to switch to android!

  3. Ringkesh Meitei Says:

    OTA update is good, hope for 7.5 not the hardware change but at least some softwares

  4. Ahmad A Says:

    Nokia has allowed Microsoft to not only take advantage of their own users/clients/customers but also those loyal to Nokia, I’ve had my Lumia 900 for less than one year. Extremely bad business practices for two companies trying to make their presence felt in markets already dominated by their competitors, the U.S. market for Nokia and windows smartphones for Microsoft. Here is my bottom line “TAKE YOUR WINDOWS 8 AND SHOVE IT” it is not a necessity! For those of you who are willing to continue to bend over for Microsoft “I hope you enjoy how it feels”.

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