Recently, during a investor meeting at the Mobile World Congress, Windows Phone division's Terry Myerson, when asked if the upcoming Windows Phone 8 (codenamed "Apollo") would be offered as a free update to current Windows Phone 7-based devices - either "1st gen" (pre-Mango release), or the "2nd gen" (i.e. post "Mango" like the Nokia Lumia series), dodged the question, stating:
"We just haven't announced this product. So, it's kind of -- I can share what our application compatibility goals are, and applications have been written and published in the marketplace today. The same applications to be able to download it in a future release and run."
Though, Microsoft has already publically said that all Windows Phone apps will run on Apollo, but hasn't said if older handsets will get the new OS. Now, there's word that Microsoft might offer Apollo on at least some current Windows Phone products.
this week, at a Microsoft booth at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany, a WP7app.de rep, was able to get a "Microsoft Manager" to admit that a number of second generation handsets, like the HTC Radar and Nokia Lumia handsets will "definitely" get the free update to Windows Phone 8, and that first generation handsets "in some form" will probably get the update, but not with all features, such as video calling for example using Skype.
The rep explains:
"I got two pretty interesting answers to my question on a there present Manager of the stand it because would look like Apollo with the update to Windows phone 8.
On the one hand, yet no exact date for the update were called the staff, the objective is however end of 2012. On the other hand, second generation equipment will definitely (e.g. all Lumia phones, HTC TITAN and radar etc.) the update in "any form" first generation devices, very probably also get. It is however must assume that some new features hardware related, not on older devices will work. As an example, use the front camera in Skype was called here, which is not for all devices for understandable reasons. This is also evidence that Skye will be integrated into Windows phone 8 into the operating system."
While other Microsoft rep at the booth struck to company's line said "there is still no official information intended for the public".
The rep also revealed that Microsoft is targeting "late 2012" for the update.