You may have heard by now that just a few days ago a Microsoft evangelist, Nuno Silvo, gave a video interview where he mistakenly mentioned that Microsoft intends to follow an upgrade path that would bring Windows Phone 8 to all present and past Windows Phone handsets. This was immediately disregarded by Microsoft as an error and followed by stating that they have no comment on their future plans at this point.
So, while we wait for Microsoft to clue us in on what’s going on with the platform’s future, Nuno posted on an MSDN blog to clarify his comments on the upgrade path for Windows Phone:
My comments on Windows Phone (English)
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.
Let’s just hope the poor guy still has a job after this mistake. Let’s also hope that Microsoft wises up and gives its followers something solid to go on very soon.