Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7.8 coming early 2013

Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7.8 coming early 2013
Microsoft has been following through on its pledge to maintain mindshare about the company’s new products. What is a relief to many Windows Phone 7 users is that focus has also been dedicated to the upcoming 7.8 update. Despite rumors that we might see the update this week, Microsoft confirmed that the Windows Phone 7.8 update would be pushed out to “as many devices as possible” in early 2013.

Of course, we do not know which phones will or will not get the update. We have seen some newer models running the new OS.  However, Microsoft did confirm that several popular applications will be making their way to the updated Windows Phone 7 devices. Those apps include, Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars.

Feature-wise, Microsoft confirmed that in addition to the added theme and accent colors, new lock screen and Bing Picture of the Day, a PIN/password challenge will be available for business users connected to Exchange servers in order to prevent accidental device wipes. Meanwhile, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Windows Phone, says that having used Windows Phone 7.8 on his Lumia 900 made it feel like “a completely new phone.”

source: Microsoft

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20 Comments

1. kimyhang

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

What a week

2. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

already using it on my HD2 :D

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

7.8? How? I didn't think it was even RTM yet Seriously, I want to see if I can try it

11. thelegend6657 unregistered

There's a rom available , dont you know ?

3. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ah the HD2, one of my favorite phones. But here's the thing, Ben the PC guy showed us an early demo running on the Lumia 900 back in June. Basic emulators of 7.8 have some functionality although not working the way intended to. You mean to tell me they couldn't just give us this small gift before Christmas? My upgrade isn't until early 2014 and T-Mobile does not carry the Lumia 920 so I'm not upgrading early unless we get a worthy phone and I'm not spending $500 plus dollars for an off contract phone either. Microsoft could've gotten us the update a little quicker than 2013. At least as a consumer that's how I feel.

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I concur. I have an unlocked 900 I'm using on T-Mobile, and being stuck on EDGE is frustrating after being treated to LTE with AT&T. 60Mbps is addicting... I don't want an 810, because it's an updated 900; I want a 920, especially at the prices T-Mobile wants for an 820. I don't want a 710, because I have higher standards than that.

4. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I know Windows Phone 8 at this point is far more important than the 7.X updates, but Microsoft has been pretty pathetic giving information on the update. A large group of people bought the Lumia 1st Generation phones (including myself), don't let us down Microsoft. I still love my Lumia 800, it may not be the prettiest or fastest horse around, but it always gets its work done without any hiccups.

7. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Well imho the 800 IS one of the prettiest phones around B-)

8. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Why do i get the feeling they started work on 7.8 after they finished wp8???

13. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Same here.. i thought windows 8 is designed to make windows 7.whatever obsolete.

15. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Well now it seems they will co-exist... Wtf...

17. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

As entry level phones in markets like africa, south america, india, china, etc.. Think the thought is cheap 7.8 phones where the OS is almost given away for free to compete against cheap Android phones using the older android OS. Also think BASIC apps (like HTML5 based, and such) that will be able to run across both WP7.8 and 8.

19. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

why not just update all windows phone to windows */ Are there some sort of limitations? or is microsoft just incompetent?

9. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

hope Lumia 610 will be getting to

10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i think all lumia..since nokia help microsoft while making wp8 and wp7.8! even that lumia 510, which is almost similar specs with 610 will get 7.8!

16. Leandrop

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Nokia Spain has already updated its official web site announcing Windows Phone 7.8 for all Lumia devices comming "shortly"... nokia.com/es-es/windowsphoneevolucion

18. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

wow,, im excited for the update

12. Zahidasad

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

ahh.. they kept us waiting.. and still waiting :(

14. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

But we are getting it so thats the most important, how often do we see the promise of updates on an Android device not going through. I've been waiting for months anyway, I can wait another 1-2 months if needed.

20. molanjames

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Microsoft is way too late to the party and Windows 8 is the turd in the punch bowl.

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