Paul Thurrott is pretty darn plugged-in when it comes to Microsoft, and when he comments on current rumors, speaking with authority, it’s likely because he’s been privy to some insider information. Recently, we heard him discuss the possibility for currently-available Windows Phone handsets to receive software updates in the future which would upgrade them to Windows Phone 8. There had been rumors on both sides of the issue, but according to Thurrott, it just wasn’t going to happen. Now, a rumor out of Russia attempts to second-guess Thurrott, claiming that Mango phones very much will be receiving Apollo updates.
This news comes WP7Forum.ru, where the site reports getting its information from a trusted source with close ties to Windows Phone. It’s heard that OEMs will get access to WP8 sometime this July, both for configuring on new devices and working on preparing updates to existing models. While the site admits that the information it’s heard may change, it seems very confident that it’s currently accurate.
We’d very much like to believe this news is true, and it well could be, but the fact that the rumors have been going on for as long as they have without Microsoft stepping up to formally deny them has us thinking that WP8 really could be for new hardware only. After all, rumors about a lack of an update are going to start having an effect on WP7 sales, if they haven’t already, as consumers put off their purchases until the new OS is available. It’s starting to seem like the only reason for Microsoft to stay quiet is if the bad news is true.
Source: WP7Forum.ru (Google Translate)