Here's a rundown of features Windows Phone 7.8 will and won't be getting

Here's a rundown of features Windows Phone 7.8 will and won't be getting
Microsoft stirred a lot of controversy with its decision to limit Windows Phone 8 to only upcoming devices and not allowing earlier phones to get updated, but what exactly is lost with the inability to update? Snippets of an inside presentation show an interesting and more detailed view of what exact features will arrive on WP7.8 phones and which ones will be left out. Some will not come due to hardware limitations, and for others the reason is not so clear.

The biggest omissions in Windows Phone 7.8 devices will be lack of OTA updates, NFC capabilities and “real” multitasking. Internet Explorer 10 is also only running on the newest Windows Phones. The list of missing features continues with secure boot, encryption, device management, company hub, and Microsoft Wallet.

Luckily, at least Windows Phone 7.8 devices will get the new small sized Live Tiles, Wi-Fi Tethering and plenty of camera improvements. Check out the full list below.

source: Smartphone France via Electronista



1. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Can anyone translate to me what is gonna happen to 610 on the side note ?

3. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Limitations sur Lumia 610= Some limitations for the Lumia 610 Sauf Lumia 610= Every WP7.8 except for the Lumia 610 :D

5. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Thanks . But so sad , so many features 610 not getting

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's the least powerful WP device to date (to my knowledge), so not much surprise for me there. Personally if I only had the budget for a low-end phone like that I'd have spent a little bit more for the 710 or 800. 610 just isn't worth the savings, same reason I don't recommend buying cheap androids or an iPhone older than the 4s. As a Lumia 900 owner I'm a tad disappointed about only getting 7.8, but I also didn't expect any updates outside of maintenance updates. Same as when I build a computer, I don't expect Microsoft to send me a free copy of the next-gen OS just because I bought the current iteration.

17. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i choosed the 610 over the 710 because 610 looks better and more classy and i am using this as my second phone so i dont want anything too expensive

2. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

newest apps for WP8 will not work on WP 7.8 and why not update internet explorer? I don't get that, it is only engine allowed and users will stuck with slow browser to the rest of phone's life in android if you don't have system updates you allways can instal browser from android market with different engine and count on developers for updates of speed and functions

4. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Im running 7.5 and my browsing speeds are way faster than any Android device I've used (similar relese dates), and keeps up with most Android and iPhone users. I'm not making this a platfrom war, just pointing out that WP browser is fine for an above average user (as far as speed goes).

7. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

from what I know browsermark and sunspider numbers are not really good, Lumia710,800,900 have ss (less=better) about 6000ms and bm (more=better) like 30 000. very similar results has samsung mini2 with the same cup as Lumia610 (from gsmarena), htc sensation xl is exactly the same as htc titan (same screen cpu ram and so on) and titas is as fast as lumias and sensation xl has ss about 2400 and bm 70 000. the same cpu and more than 2 times faster, dont get me wrong, i am looking only at tests (you can go to this pages and test every browser even pc). I don't get why, what is wrong, it clearly shows that IE in WP is very slow. from these tests symbian has slow cpus but is extremely good optimized, second is ios and couple % less has android (android has fastesr cpus so is the fastest but little better optimized is ios) . can someone explain to me why this tests show that WP is snail slow?

16. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Who are these mysterious "-8 club" that give 8 thumbs down on every WP 8 story? A very dedicated group.....

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Okay guys so as you see , wait for WP8

9. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Where's Bluetooth to other/non WP devices? SD card is a blessing though.

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good to see Nokia services like maps coming to 7.8

12. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Agree. Bing just doesn't cut it. I use a Symbian Nokia C7 with offline maps as a standalone GPS in my car and it works way better than Bing Maps.

13. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

It's not that bad.

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ready for WP8!

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not as great as it could have been. Not as bad as some were expecting. I am disappointed that Microsoft is not coming to my house and installing a dual core processor and new hi def screen on my Focus S......

18. vk_19912000

Posts: 3; Member since: May 07, 2012

Wat do u mean by OTA updates?

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