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Windows Phone Update Will Be Compatible with Current Devices, Microsoft Says

by Todd Haselton | January 13, 2014January 13, 2014 3:45 pm PST

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520-Home Screen

Amid all of the chaos of CES last week, a big story about Windows Phone broke. We don’t yet know when the next version of Windows Phone will hit, though the company is already providing some context for what to expect whenever it does. In recent statements made to Computer World, Microsoft confirmed that the next iteration of its mobile operating system will be backward compatible with existing devices.

What we don’t know yet is if the entire operating system will be backwards compatible, or if just some features will be carried over. We have to assume that the next iteration of Windows Phone, perhaps called Windows Phone 8.1 and currently reportedly called Windows Phone Blue, will be much more powerful.

We’re expecting a new notification center and voice assistant at the very least, but Microsoft will also need to add new features that bring the OS more up to date with competitors such as Android and iOS. For now, it has been more than a year since any major update to Windows Phone has been released. It’s safe to assume any power hungry features might not make it to lower-end devices, though high-end phones such as the Lumia 1520 should be more than prepared for the update.

When Microsoft issued Windows Phone 8, it promised to deliver a similar update to older phones, though that took months to deliver and ultimately fell flat. Microsoft learned from those mistakes, according to one executive. “We will not have the same experience as we had when Windows Phone 7 was upgraded to Windows Phone 8,” Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan told Computer World. Hopefully that means Microsoft will push the update to older devices sooner than later, and with enough features that it feels substantial.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...