Windows Phone 7.8 to Arrive Following Windows Phone 8 Launch

Following the release of Windows Phone 8 devices throughout the duration of this month, Microsoft will supposedly release Windows Phone 7.8.

According to a now-removed post on Facebook by the Italian Windows Phone division, Windows Phone 7.8 will release shortly after Windows Phone 8 devices go on sale in November.

Several upgrades to the mobile operating system confirmed that a "new Start screen" will be included, as will services such as Xbox Music and SmartGlass.

"The upgrade to 7.8 will be available for versions 7.0 and 7.5 shortly after the marketing of the devices Windows Phone 8," said the post. "Among the features there is the new Start screen, the sharing of the calendar using the function Club and access to key services and content Microsoft, including Xbox Music Store library that can be enjoyed by Zune and Xbox SmartGlass."

As is the case with the majority of mobile software upgrades, the exact release date of when existing Windows Phone 7 devices will be able to download the update will depend on your network, as well as the manufacturer who created the handset.


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  • CaedenV
    andy_newtonWhoever gets excited over Windows Mobile 7.8 needs a brain transplant. (Your device is worthless by design since Day 1)

    not true at all! Even knowing that WP8 was going to come out I almost jumped on a Lumia 710 or 900 because it would meet or exceed just about all of my needs in a smartphone. I am glad that I waited for this new batch, but to be honest it was more an issue of not having the money at the time rather than wanting to wait.

    Not everyone wants/needs the over complicated Android system, some of us just want our phones to be phones. But we also do not live in the apple ecosystem. WP7/8 strikes a nice balance between usefulness, and simplicity. I love hardware, and playing with settings, and figuring stuff out, but I am also an adult with responsibilities and if I had an Android I would simply break the poor thing just in messing with it, and I simply cannot afford down time with my phone. I feel no such compulsion to mess with the Windows Phones that I have played with, and where I would find that unacceptable in a PC or laptop, I find as a plus for my phone because for me it is an appliance that simply needs to work, not a device that is 1 of many that can replace it if I break it.
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  • bystander
    andy_newtonIf it is discontinued within the first year then it is not a smartphone, just like Blackberries and iPad 3.

    There are tons of Androids running on older software versions. Are they all non-smartphones? The Win7 phones are still just as good or better than when they were purchased, so what if a newer software version was released.

    I was just talking with a guy on his 3rd Win7 phone who was very happy with it. Granted, the reason he was on his 3rd was that the HTC models kept breaking, but his Samsung was awesome by his words.

    Win XP isn't worthless, neither is Win Vista and neither are Win 7 phones.
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  • bystander
    andy_newtonLess than a year timespan means the device is not smart enough, much like (again) Blackberries & iPad3.

    I really don't think you, of all people, should be judging what is smart enough.
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  • samuelspark
    Hoping to upgrade on my Lumia 710.
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  • andy_newton
    Whoever gets excited over Windows Mobile 7.8 needs a brain transplant. (Your device is worthless by design since Day 1)
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  • CaedenV
    andy_newtonWhoever gets excited over Windows Mobile 7.8 needs a brain transplant. (Your device is worthless by design since Day 1)

    not true at all! Even knowing that WP8 was going to come out I almost jumped on a Lumia 710 or 900 because it would meet or exceed just about all of my needs in a smartphone. I am glad that I waited for this new batch, but to be honest it was more an issue of not having the money at the time rather than wanting to wait.

    Not everyone wants/needs the over complicated Android system, some of us just want our phones to be phones. But we also do not live in the apple ecosystem. WP7/8 strikes a nice balance between usefulness, and simplicity. I love hardware, and playing with settings, and figuring stuff out, but I am also an adult with responsibilities and if I had an Android I would simply break the poor thing just in messing with it, and I simply cannot afford down time with my phone. I feel no such compulsion to mess with the Windows Phones that I have played with, and where I would find that unacceptable in a PC or laptop, I find as a plus for my phone because for me it is an appliance that simply needs to work, not a device that is 1 of many that can replace it if I break it.
    14