Why Was This Developer Confused About Windows 8?

For a few days, confusion raged over Windows Phones users being able to upgrade to Windows 8 when Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) much-awaited operating system launches later this year. After all, a company developer evangelist had made comments that it would be possible. However, Nuno Silva announced on his blog on Thursday that he was retracting his previous statement because he had confused future Windows Phone app compatibility with phone update capabilities.

“The point I was attempting to make was simply that existing Windows Phone applications will run on the next version of Windows Phone,” Silva wrote about his earlier comments to Portuguese website Zwame. “I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday. I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability.”

Microsoft had not come out with either a confirmation or denial about the updates for smartphones, including Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) new Lumia 900, adding to the confusion.

“Since Microsoft hasn’t actually officially announced a new mobile OS beyond the current Windows Phone 7.5, it would be premature for us to speculate on what the features or requirements for any future iterations might be,” a Nokia spokesman told Computerworld.

Windows Phone 7, or Mango, currently supports only single-core processors and WVGA screens, while there are reports that Microsoft will move to dual-core chips and higher-resolution screens in the next version of its OS. That will leave out buyers of the new Lumia 900, which is being sold by AT&T (NYSE:T) and was launched earlier this month to compete with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and higher-end devices running on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform. That is, unless someone at Microsoft changes their mind again.