With conflicting rumors about Microsoft's upgrade plans for existing Windows Phone 7 devices to the upcoming Windows Phone 8, comes uncertainty for customers who already purchased a Windows Phone 7, like the Nokia Lumia 900, and customers who are thinking about buying one.
First Microsoft Evangelist Nuno Silva who stated that current Windows Phone devices would receive an upgrade to Windows Phone 8, and then unnamed sources close to the Redmond company that claimed the opposite. The opposite being that no Windows Phone 7 devices would receive upgrades.
Microsoft nor its hardware partners commented officially on the rumors, which puts customers in a predicament. Microsoft did however comment on app compatibility, stating that all Windows Phone 7 apps would be running on Windows Phone 8 devices as well. While that does not mean that Windows Phone 7 devices won't get an update, Mary-Jo Foley thinks that it is an indication that the devices won't receive the update.
Customers who just bought a Windows Phone 7 device may either end up with a device that they can't upgrade to the soon to be released Windows Phone 8, or with a device that they can upgrade to the new version. The uncertainty could make some customers return their phones to either wait until Windows Phone 8 devices are released later this year, or to skip on Windows Phone completely and get an Android or iOS mobile instead.
Then again, reviews for recent Windows Phone 7 handsets like the Nokia Lumia 900 have been overly positive, and future upgrade compatibility is just one of the many factors that should play a role in mobile phone purchases.
Plus, there may be other options to get around this if updates from Windows Phone 7 to 8 are indeed not possible, as phone replacements could be an option as well. While certainly more expensive, it could turn the worst case situation around for Microsoft.
What's your take on this? I personally would probably stick with my old phone for the time being and wait until Windows Phone 8 gets released to be sure to grab the latest version of the mobile operating system.