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Windows Phone 8.0 is upgradeable to 8.1, Microsoft says

Matt Hamblen | Jan. 9, 2014
Windows Phone 8.1, expected to launch in the spring, will be backwards compatible to Windows Phone 8.0, contrary to some earlier reports from industry sources, a Microsoft official told Computerworld today.

ARM-based chips are used in nearly every smartphone in the world, including Windows Phone smartphones.

Windows RT for tablets has been widely criticized for not supporting traditional Windows-based apps, which limits its use for workers who have older applications running Windows.

But ARM chip makers such as Nvidia and Qualcomm have staunchly defended Windows RT for tablets, partly because the tablets running Windows RT can serve a new, younger audience that doesn't need access to older Windows apps, but still can take advantage of lower cost Windows RT tablets that are known for power efficiency.

 

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