Microsoft: Windows Phone 8 and 7.8 "to exist for quite some time"

Microsoft may have just launched Windows Phone 8-based products, but the company also plans to offer older Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 devices a new software upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8. The new version reportedly has reached the RTM stage.

Some owners of those older phones, particularly the Nokia Lumia 900, which was released in April, have express disappointment they would not be receiving the full Windows Phone 8 upgrade. However, in a new interview with TechRadar, Microsoft's Windows Phone corporate vice president Terry Myerson said we will learn more about Windows Phone 7.8 in the coming weeks.

Myerson added that Microsoft appreciates all of the people who have bought Windows Phone products since the company launched its revamped mobile OS in the fall of 2010. He said:

I would expect both platforms to exist for quite some time, from a global point of view. Windows Phone 7.8 devices will span much lower price points than Windows Phone 8 devices, initially, and given the application compatibility across the platforms, it makes the ecosystem stronger to have more device and more price points. We value every 7 and 7.8 customer we have; we'll continue to work for them as well but it is true that Windows Phone 8 is our future platform.

Myerson also added that while Samsung and HTC get their share of support from Microsoft, it is Nokia who gets some special treatment in terms of their own Windows Phone devices. He said, "Nokia is exclusive to Windows Phone and we definitely, on the engineering side, prioritise platform work to support their differentiation coming through."

Source: TechRadar.com

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Mr Nom Nom's said,

Honest question, who uses USSD these days?


Honest answer,
Many people. Many service providers in India provide act/deact packages via USSD.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Windows Phone better than Android and iPhone on updates? Hah! What a joke.
Android better than ANYTHING else, what a joke. I do not know a single person with an Android phone that has actually updated the OS on their phone. Only 1 has had an update made available and they decided not to install it as they read on multiple forums that it made the device WORSE because it slowed it down so much.

mog0 said,
Android better than ANYTHING else, what a joke. I do not know a single person with an Android phone that has actually updated the OS on their phone. Only 1 has had an update made available and they decided not to install it as they read on multiple forums that it made the device WORSE because it slowed it down so much.

This right here. Google releases updates that make yesterday's phones obsolete by focusing only on tomorrow's hardware and phone manufacturers put the OS on throw-away phones with no support after point of sale. Android was a good concept but nobody seems to be working toward the original idea. It became a cash cow and all these companies are trying to milk it with as little effort as possible.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Windows Phone better than Android and iPhone on updates? Hah! What a joke.

Let's see for WP7:

There was 7008, 7390 (nodo), 7392, 7720 (mango), 7740, 8107, 8773 (tango) and soon 7.8. I count that as 8 updates (4 of which were major).

That's already more than the vast majority of Android OEMs (Google not included) who only make 1 update available and that's it.

JesseJ said,

This right here. Google releases updates that make yesterday's phones obsolete by focusing only on tomorrow's hardware and phone manufacturers put the OS on throw-away phones with no support after point of sale. Android was a good concept but nobody seems to be working toward the original idea. It became a cash cow and all these companies are trying to milk it with as little effort as possible.


Android would be a great OS if smartphones where an 'open platform' like PCs, and carriers were just dumb pipes.

The current landscape of wireless carriers makes the Android experiment ultimately pointless. What's interesting is how, after just three short years, people think ecosystem lock-in is already too powerful for Android users to possibly consider moving to a competitor. Truth is, of the apps people pay money for on Android, only a fraction are maintained by their developers for more than a year. You could ditch Android today, and two years from now, the apps that hurt to leave behind will have long been forgotten and replaced by competitors or new paradigms.

-Razorfold said,

Let's see for WP7:

There was 7008, 7390 (nodo), 7392, 7720 (mango), 7740, 8107, 8773 (tango) and soon 7.8. I count that as 8 updates (4 of which were major).

That's already more than the vast majority of Android OEMs (Google not included) who only make 1 update available and that's it.

Yeah, I don't understand how people could say that Microsoft isn't supporting their OS... They're even making another update (7.8) just to make people happy until their contracts renew and they can get 8...

I think they've treated their customers very well. At some point it should have been expected that you would need to get new hardware. Every 2 years I think is reasonable...

ogamawab said,
Still no release date for 7.8...

Indeed and I think they have finished releasing everything else apart from Office 2013 now.

ogamawab said,
Still no release date for 7.8...

Well, according to this article, we'll be learning more about 7.8 in the coming weeks...

I can't wait. I want a WP8 device, but I'm still hoping for a 920 on Verizon first.

Gotta give MS credit they do have a long support lifecycle, android seems to have the worst OS update specs due to the companies using it like samsung, apple is only just behind them with a 2 year life cycle for all their products, and microsoft's desktop/servers OS's have support for well over 10 years! (OK so WP2003 didn't but that's another story! ) Gotta give them credit for that.

n_K said,
Gotta give MS credit they do have a long support lifecycle, android seems to have the worst OS update specs due to the companies using it like samsung, apple is only just behind them with a 2 year life cycle for all their products, and microsoft's desktop/servers OS's have support for well over 10 years! (OK so WP2003 didn't but that's another story! ) Gotta give them credit for that.

WP2003?

Unless you get a nexus device or a high-end android from samsung or HTC (even those are hit and miss), you can pretty much forget about regular OS updates.

As much as I like android's freedom and features, I can't accept its current update situation.

For me, WP8 or bust.

duddit2 said,

WP2003?


Windows phone 2003, might have been called windows smartphone 2003. All I know is I've got it on a mio 8390 phone and it wasn't supported

n_K said,

Windows phone 2003, might have been called windows smartphone 2003. All I know is I've got it on a mio 8390 phone and it wasn't supported

Was called Pocket PC. Well the OS was called Windows CE I think.
All I know and remember is that Windows Phone was out for a very long time. Long before iPhone and Blackberry, But they were super expensive. But way back then any cellphone costed an arm and a lag. Back then I think a Blackberry was just a databank/organizer. Not a cellphone. Back when Motorola Flips were the big thing and you had to be on a plan cuz unless you were rich, you couldn't afford one, lol.

LUTZIFER said,

Was called Pocket PC. Well the OS was called Windows CE I think.
All I know and remember is that Windows Phone was out for a very long time. Long before iPhone and Blackberry, But they were super expensive. But way back then any cellphone costed an arm and a lag. Back then I think a Blackberry was just a databank/organizer. Not a cellphone. Back when Motorola Flips were the big thing and you had to be on a plan cuz unless you were rich, you couldn't afford one, lol.

Nope it's definately Windows Smartphone, I've got both the original orange SPV and mio digiwalker 8390 here. Orange SPV says 'smartphone 2002', Mio battery is dead so no idea what it says.

n_K said,

Nope it's definately Windows Smartphone, I've got both the original orange SPV and mio digiwalker 8390 here. Orange SPV says 'smartphone 2002', Mio battery is dead so no idea what it says.

It would have been called Windows Mobile 2003 or Windows Mobile 2003SE. There was no OS called 'Windows Smartphone' put out by Microsoft.

Shane Nokes said,

It would have been called Windows Mobile 2003 or Windows Mobile 2003SE. There was no OS called 'Windows Smartphone' put out by Microsoft.

Windows Mobile Standard (the non-touchscreen version) was originally called Smartphone 2012.

jhoff80 said,

Windows Mobile Standard (the non-touchscreen version) was originally called Smartphone 2012.

Oops, I clearly meant 2002.