Rumors are milling around the Internet world that the existing series of Windows Phone 7-based smartphones would not be upgradable to Microsoft’s forthcoming mobile operating system platform Windows Phone 8. It’s also being said that even the Windows Phone 7 apps won’t be compatible with the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform.
Very little is known about this upcoming mobile operating system from Microsoft. Code named “Apollo”, Windows Phone 8 will be the next major update after Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). Apollo is believed to allow smartphone makers to build superphones that can compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S3.
It is assumed that the origin of all these rumors is the tweet of Eldar Murtazin, who is well known for his predictions for upcoming smartphone technologies. He tweeted about the incompatibility of Windows Phone 7 apps with the Windows Phone 8 apps, saying “WP8 os isnt compatible with wp7 on app level (u need to rewrite all apps). Thats another os core with metro ui”. Brandon Watson, director of Developer Experience, clarified that this is not the case by replying to Murtazin’s tweet saying “Any app built today will run on next major Windows Phone version”.
Though Murtazin has cleared the doubts about the compatibility issues to some extent for the upcoming mobile operating system platform, details on the Windows 8 code-based Windows Phone 8 still remains under the wraps.