All Windows Phone 8 Handsets Will Get Windows 10, Microsoft Says

All Windows Phone 8 Handsets Will Get Windows 10, Microsoft Says

As expected, but welcome news

Well, let's be honest here: We needed some good news. And we got it today courtesy of Microsoft's Lumia account on Twitter, which tweeted that all Windows Phone 8 handsets will get Windows 10.

The key phrase there, perhaps, is "Windows 10." In other words, they didn't say "Windows Phone 10." They said Windows 10.

Here's the actual tweet:

@lumia: We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future :)

This tweet was made in response to a customer who asked about the viability of buying a current-generation Windows Phone handset—the Lumia 930—and didn't want to be stranded with 8.x. (You may recall that Microsoft infamously did not allow upgrades from Windows Phone 7.x to 8.0, which is what triggered the question.)

In a separate tweet, the Lumia account reiterated this claim and also added:

                @lumia: And we will release new Windows 10 models in the future!

Which is obvious. But again, Windows 10. Not Windows Phone 10.

So aside from confirming what I already expected to be the case, Microsoft has in essence confirmed that name change thing we've been discussing for a while now. It looks like Windows Phone is going by the wayside in the future. And that we'll have Windows phones instead of Windows Phones.

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