Originally Posted by GoonerYoda
Lumia 900 owner: y u no leg me upgrade to Win phone 8?!?!?!
Elop: Oh your Lumia 900 will kinda look like Windows Phone 8 and that's really about it.
Read the articles and technical details on the Internet a little better.
Windows phone 7.8 will have all the end user features of windows phone 8. Outside of that, it's all under the hood for better integration with Windows 8 and support for multi ore CPUs. As long as the app is not written in raw C or C++ it will run on both OSes since silver light and XNA are standardised frameworks for development in the windows world.
Apple's 3GS will be using iOS6, but guess what? All them tastey new features that make iOS 6 worth while are going to be on the 4s only. Hell, some features aren't even going to be on the 4! Those two systems will, basically, just get what they have now with version number++ and a different map icon. To keep all the end user features and app support across 7.8 and 8, MS is actually doing a better job at this than Apple.
Once wp8 comes out, the wp7 devices will come off the market. But the wp7 devices will still run the same apps, have the same core feature set and be updated on a regular basis. By the time WP7.8 is no longer supported, people with WP7 handsets will be getting an upgrade to their contract (if it's 2 year) or their contract would have already ended (18 month).
So, really, I do not see the problem with it all here, especially when Apple is doing a worse job at it and just claiming the hardware is incapable (which is clearly a lie).