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Windows Mobile was a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft for smartphones and Pocket PCs. Windows Mobile was the predecessor of Windows Phone and these two operating systems should not be confused, because the operating systems are completely different: they are not part of a same continuum of operating system development and thus Windows Mobile cannot be updated to Windows Phone. Windows Mobile has been discontinued. In February 2010, Microsoft announced Windows Phone to supersede Windows Mobile, incompatible with Windows Mobile devices and software.
Microsoft's biggest upgrade of the Windows Phone operating system is coming up at some point later this year Rumored to be codenamed Windows Phone 8 Apollo.
Some things that are yet clear for windows phone 8:
1.Current Windows Phone devices will not get 'Apollo' upgrade
Source close to Microsoft tells us that is absolutely not the case, that instead there will be no upgrade path from Mango to Apollo. A report from Mary Jo Foley that explains with the particular language that Microsoft used when it responded to the story, saying "We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases." Here
2.HTC preparing new Windows Phone devices for Apollo launch
Both Pocket-lint and MobileBurn spoke with the HTC's chief product officer, Kouji Kodera, who informed them that HTC is developing a new range of Windows Phone devices that will be introduced in conjunction with the Apollo upgrade to Microsoft's mobile operating system. Apollo is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, with an extensive number of new features in tow.
3.Dell preparing new Windows Phone devices for Apollo launch
Appearing in a wide-ranging on-stage interview here at market researcher Gartner's annual security and risk management conference, Dell offered insights into several of his company's rapidly evolving business lines, including the decision to walk away from Android tablets in the US market in favour of Windows.
"I think the Microsoft Windows 8 solution is going to be very attractive to customers for a number of reasons," Dell said. "You'll see us at launch, at Windows 8 launch, with a full complement of devices - tablets, hybrids, convertibles - you know every imaginable and maybe some unimaginable forms