Current devices will not receive Windows Phone 8 update

Microsoft today unveiled Windows Phone 8 at its Windows Summit, due out in the fall. But one tidbit not states (not that I heard, at least) is that current Windows Phone devices out now will not receive the Windows Phone 8 update, multiple publications have reported. It appears plenty of blogs and publications received details of Windows Phone 8 prior to the announcement.

Instead, current devices will receive a Windows Phone 7.8 update, which will only include the changes to the start screen (and other aesthetics). The lack of Windows Phone 8 on current devices is due to hardware limitations.

Windows Phone 7 was initially released in November of 2010, marking two years of retroactive updating. Has Microsoft set the official time limit of upgrades?

UPDATE: Microsoft has officially announced this at the Windows Phone Summit, stating that current devices will get the Windows Phone 7.8 update which brings the start screen changes. The company stated that they’re committed to Windows Phone 7.5 users and there are other features coming with 7.8, but did not disclose.

Source: The Verge