Take the 2-minute tour ×
Windows Phone Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of Windows Phone OS. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

I am owning Lumia 610 and is there any way to know when My phone gets OS 8 update?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by row1 May 23 '13 at 3:59

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

2 Answers 2

You cannot upgrade a Windows Phone 7.x device to Windows Phone 8. This can be confirmed by a post in the Nokia Forums.

Windows Phone 8 is a generation shift from Windows Phone 7.5 and will not be available for current devices due to the hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8. That said, an update will be made available which will, amongst other things, provide the new start screen to current Windows Phone devices.

share|improve this answer
    
This question is a duplicate, but I think your answer would be worth posting on windowsphone.stackexchange.com/questions/676/… –  row1 May 23 '13 at 4:01

The Lumia 610 was launched as a Windows Phone 7 device. Windows Phone 7 is based on the Windows CE architecture (CE stands for Compact Embedded- this was an operating system that Microsoft deployed to embedded systems such as mobile phones).

Unfortunately, shortly after Windows Phone 7 was launched, Microsoft went down the route of unifying all of it's platforms (desktop, phone, etc.) and hence the next version of Windows Phone i.e. Windows Phone 8 was not based on Windows CE but on Windows NT (just like the desktop Windows 8). This is why Windows Phone 7 devices cannot run Windows Phone 8 OS (different architectures).

To appease buyers of Windows Phone 7 devices, Microsoft released Windows Phone 7.8 as the final update to Windows Phone 7 devices.

If you haven't already upgraded to this version, take a look at this page by Nokia.

share|improve this answer
    
This question is a duplicate, but I think your answer would be worth posting on windowsphone.stackexchange.com/questions/676/… –  row1 May 23 '13 at 4:02
    
Thanks for letting me know –  karancan May 23 '13 at 14:57

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.