A couple days ago, we took a look at a video interview featuring Microsoft evangelist Nuno Silva, in which he responded to a question about the move to Windows Phone 8 Apollo by explaining that Microsoft had confirmed that all existing Windows Phone 7 handsets would be seeing software updates to WP8. That was interesting to hear, especially since it hadn’t been seeming like that would be the case. It wasn’t long though, before other sources started speaking out in denial of Silva’s claims. Just how did the story get so tangled-up? Silva’s now setting the record straight, hoping to correct his statement.
In a new blog post, Silva takes responsibility for the confusion, and says that he was thinking about Windows Phone 8 app compatibility when he made that comment about phone hardware. Considering just how Silva originally broke the “news”, that makes a lot of sense; he casually spoke then of what Microsoft had said regarding the matter as if it were already a matter of public record.
If anything, Silva’s embarrassing little incident is a reminder to all of us to carefully consider just how we’re getting our news. Comments from a company affiliate, no matter how confident they may seem in their statements, aren’t necessarily gospel. They may make for good rumors, but we need to remember to treat them with the appropriate weight.