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Earlier this week, a source close to Microsoft claimed that the company's next major Windows Phone release — dubbed 'Apollo' — would not support existing Windows Phone devices. In other words, you'll have to purchase a brand new handset to enjoy it, and your current Windows Phone device, no matter how new, will forever be stuck with Mango.

However, Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva made claims prior to the report that gave Windows Phone users a glimmer of hope. He promised that Apollo would indeed support existing devices. But today that hope is gone as Silva retracts his claims.

In a blog post, Silva clarifies his remarks and insists that he was merely attempting to explain "that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone." Silva says he "mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability."

Following yesterday's report, Silva's retraction is hardly surprising, but it is hugely disappointing for Windows Phone users — especially those who purchased a brand new device just this year. It also seems like a hugely bad decision from Microsoft, and one way of ensuring that Windows Phone adoption remains slow.

Are you a Windows Phone user? How do you feel about this?

[via The Verge]