Windows confirmed recently that their latest and greatest Phone OS, Windows Phone 8, will only be available on new hardware that is released in the fall. This means that people who buy the current line of Nokia Lumia phones, released just months ago, will not be upgraded to the new OS. Microsoft said that this is due to the upgraded hardware requirements, including higher resolution screens and multi-core processors that will be part of the new phones. They did offer some consolation as some aesthetic features, such as the enhanced start/home screen, will be available to Windows Phone 7.5 users. In an unusual move, the update will be downloadable directly from Microsoft, which will allow them to push upgrades and bug fixes directly to the users, bypassing the carriers. It does seem that the folks at Redmond are moving forward full steam, but this decision will no doubt not sit very well with early adopters of the Windows platform.
Source: Mobile Syrup