Windows Phone 8 devices to be upgradable to Windows Blue: Microsoft

We had recently reported about Microsoft working on a new version of Windows for smartphones and PCs codenamed Windows Phone Blue. If the complaints of Windows 7 smartphone users are anything to go by, then Windows Phone 8 users should be afraid that their phones are soon going to be outdated. But in a chat with PCMag Greg Sullivan, senior marketing manager at Microsoft, put these fears to rest when he confirmed that the Redmond company has “an upgrade path going forward” for Windows Phone 8 devices.

Sullivan didn’t confirm if Microsoft was working on a new operating system, but did say that unlike Windows Phone 7 users who weren’t able to upgrade their phones due to hardware restrictions, Windows Phone 8 device users had nothing to fear. “We’re going to have an upgrade path going forward. Windows Phone 8 is flexible enough to adopt new hardware components and have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally hardware independent,” he said. “As the market evolves and customer requirements demand it, we’ll evaluate options,” he added. This should come as a sigh of relief for people who have recently invested in a Windows 8 Phone or are planning to invest in one.

Greg Sullivan also subtly hinted that Microsoft are developing new products and will launch them soon enough. “Over the course of the next several months, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some exciting new devices and more interoperability before we start talking about what [operating system] is next,” he said.

With the new version of the operating system Microsoft is expected to bring an array of features, interface updates, firmware and programming updates in the Windows 8 by rolling out Windows Blue, instead of working on an overall new version of Windows like Windows 9. Windows Blue was reported to include some additions and improvements to its prevailing Windows 8 OS and services like Hotmail and Skydrive. It is expected that Microsoft will roll out the Blue update in the second half of this year.