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I currently have a Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango or 7.5) and want to know if I can update it to the upcoming Windows Phone 8?

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Microsoft announced an update will be available for current Windows Phones. The update will be named Windows Phone 7.8. There will be no way to fully update your device to Windows Phone 8.

Also, the update will be sent out using the Over the Air technology.

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Here is the link to the WPCentral article on the topic wpcentral.com/… –  Lance McCarthy Jun 20 '12 at 18:11
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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.

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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.

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