Looking for Windows Phone 7.8? It'll be here soon, possibly

Microsoft put on a terrific show today for Windows Phone 8 but one thing left from the table was Windows Phone 7.8. According to a new rumor, it could show up in 4-6 weeks for new devices and then eventually roll-out to existing devices via an over-the-air (OTA) update.

The source of the information comes from WPdang, who has a decent track record according to Tracour, and if true, will be very similar to how Mango (WP 7.5) was rolled out. While we have little to go on, other than the information provided, it looks like WP7.8 is not that far off.

 


While there might be some unrest that WP7.8 will not deliver all of the WP8 features, it will bring with it the new Start Screen that is highly customizable. While we do not know if any other features will come with the update, it does like Windows Phone 7.8 will be the end of the road for Windows Phone 7 updates.

Windows Phone 7 was launched a little over two years ago and has undergone several updates since the products hit store shelves. While it failed to gain significant market share, it did start the Live-Tile revolution inside Microsoft that is unifying the company's platforms around these interactive icons. 

Source: WPdang | Via: WPcentral

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I think 'a few' updates sounds more fitting since those rare and far between animals have always been late and lacking.

Everybody is talking about their Windows Phone 7.5 being updated to 7.8. I have an HTC Titan from At&t that has not seen one update since purchase. As a year is coming up with having the phone, I am still stuck at 7720 which has made my experience with Windows Phone 7.5 horrible with a vanashing keyboard. It has also left me with a bitter feeling of ever considering to buy another Windows Phone with At&t being responsible for updating the phones. I am quite sure I am not alone in feeling this way. If Microsoft doesn't sale well with Windows Phone 8, they have the carriers and themselves to blame.

I'm surprised that you are considering > 4-8 weeks as being "here soon". I've been waiting for updates since Oct. 2011 when I got Mango.

Windows Phone 7 was supposed to be developed in a componentized style so that OS updates would be hardware agnostic. But most Windows phones have their post-Mango updates blocked by their carriers. I am not holding my breath that 7.8 won't hit the same hurdles.

7.8 was "suppose" to be released Q3, but here we are its nearly November and we still have 4-8 weeks. Sprint dropped support for my phone (the only Windows phone they sold) and never released the Tango update. I'm hoping the rumors are true and 7.8 is not through carriers otherwise I'll be stuck on Mango forever.

Ability to ditch Zune and Xbox Music subscription support would be greatly appreciated. Not too bothered about the Start screen at the moment.

Chicane-UK said,
I guess they're not in any hurry - they want people to buy Windows Phone 8 handsets

I hate it when they do this. Its like Apple's style which I hate. to be fair even apple doesn't do this. I wish they could at least announce they don't do such stabbing from behind for new wp8 buyers in the future.

Chicane-UK said,
I guess they're not in any hurry - they want people to buy Windows Phone 8 handsets

I wouldn't be too hurried if I was in their position. A delay (intentional or not) only benefits the sales of WP8.

Nevertheless the core fanbase that supported them throughout the difficult years isn't something you can ignore. Even if 95% of them upgrade to WP8 within a year it would stil be a great sign if they bring WP7.8 to their devices (even if they sell it to pay for WP8).

I'm perfectly satisfied with WP7, apart from the startscreen I just dont want to be left out with lastgen services. So if they can bring Xbox music and video to WP7 then I'll remain more then happy. But if they force us, early purchasers, to keep using Zune through the desktop app then that would be a poor showing.

S3P€hR said,

I hate it when they do this. Its like Apple's style which I hate. to be fair even apple doesn't do this. I wish they could at least announce they don't do such stabbing from behind for new wp8 buyers in the future.

Well in their defense... They can't keep focusing on older software. They need to update it enough so that it resembles WP8, but they'll need to work on newer software.

S3P€hR said,

I hate it when they do this. Its like Apple's style which I hate. to be fair even apple doesn't do this. I wish they could at least announce they don't do such stabbing from behind for new wp8 buyers in the future.
apple gave everyone iOS 6 without a pout

jasonon said,
apple gave everyone iOS 6 without a pout

And stripped certain features from older devices, like turn by turn, panorama, siri, etc.

Is it also bringing Xbox Music support?

My fiance needs the syncing between playlists and the computers (and my Surface).

erikpienk said,
I want more information about 7.8!!!!!!!

Update homepages to look like WP8, IE10 and general speed, performance and security update to it. That's all I think 7.8 is going to be.

ACTIONpack said,

Update homepages to look like WP8, IE10 and general speed, performance and security update to it. That's all I think 7.8 is going to be.

IE10 was never confirmed to be in 7.8. The tile icons will change for sure and it's possible that Zune will be replaced by Xbox Music & Video, but nothing has been confirmed on that either . For all we know it's just the start screen with some bug fixes.

Sraf said,
I was honestly surprised that there wasn't so much as a mention of WP7.8 at the keynote
It was a WP8 event Not surprising.

I'm just glad the WP7.8 is coming so soon. Was expecting like next year or something.