Re: New OS v Supporting old Nokia Lumias
"Windows Phone 8/8.1 is all but another stepping stone OS, with built-in face saving"
I can agree about version 7 - Microsoft said as much. To accuse 8/8.1 as a stepping stone is essentially saying that all OS are stepping stone to the next release. 8.x has been around since 2012 - that's a hell of a big stepping stone. Not to mention quite substantial upgrade releases in between. The most I can agree with is 8.1 being a stepping stone from 8.0 to 10.
Or, to put it another way iOS 6 was released around the same time - are 6, 7 and 8 all stepping stone OS to whatever is next? Or how about Android 4.1-4.4 as stepping stones to 5? Nah, I don't think so.