Rumor: Windows Phone 7.8 coming Wednesday?

Will Microsoft launch its newest major update to Windows Phone 7 devices earlier than speculated? That's what one website claims will happen.

WMPoweruser.com is reporting, via unnamed sources, that Windows Phone 7.8 could be released as early as this Wednesday, November 28. The actual report doesn't go into more detail about the supposed release date. As previously reported, Windows Phone 7.8 will give some older Windows Phone devices, such as the Nokia Lumia 900, a new Start screen, a Bing-based lock screen and more.

Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7.8 at a developer event in June, although the company has been relatively silent about its plans for the upgrade since then. Much of that has to do with the fact that the majority of its time has been spent hyping the launch of Windows Phone 8. However, in recent weeks there's been more information leaked about Windows Phone 7.8, including a claim that it reached its RTM development stage a week ago.

Wednesday also happens to be the same day that Microsoft holds its annual stockholder meeting in Redmond, Washington. It's possible that company executives could make the meeting more newsworthy by launching Windows Phone 7.8 as part of the event.

Source: WMPoweruser.com

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This is going to be interesting. My At&t HTC Titan hasn't had an update since purchase of last year. Thanks to At&t , I and others have been stuck on 7720 for over a year now. I wonder how we or if we are going to receive the update because we are missing the previous updates to our phones. I would have to see this to believe it.

I have a Verizon Trophy 7.5 and was planning on getting a new lumia 822 soon. However, I don't understand the POINT of keeping 7.5 and upgrading to 7.8 if you CAN'T use WMP8 apps? It's the app hold up that's causing most the people to not purchase WMP's in the first place. So whats the point yeah you get a new screen but you still wont get the apps and performance.
Verizon support is allowing me to upgrade 2 months early and I've seen others says they got 6 months early. So why stay on WMP7.5/7.8? Are any new 7.5/7.8 apps being created. With most 7.5 apps support 7.8?

Windows Phone 7.8? What's that? I haven't heard any word from Microsoft on a "Windows Phone 7.8".


Oh, wait, *THAT* thing they briefly mentioned back in the beginning of the year?

Dot Matrix said,
Windows Phone 7.8? What's that? I haven't heard any word from Microsoft on a "Windows Phone 7.8".


Oh, wait, *THAT* thing they briefly mentioned back in the beginning of the year?

Yeah, that thing that Microsoft is releasing for all 1st gen Windows Phone owners!!!

neo158 said,

Yeah, that thing that Microsoft is releasing for all 1st gen Windows Phone owners!!!

I really hope it is still ALL 1st gen WP phones. I will be majorly ****ed if my LG ist left out.

The carriers should scrutinize it MORE to keep their user base. If the user base is not happy, they will fade away.

Even if it will be released Wednesday it will take a few weeks, even months until the carriers will actual release them to the customers, so you will get it in 2013.

SubZenit said,
Even if it will be released Wednesday it will take a few weeks, even months until the carriers will actual release them to the customers, so you will get it in 2013.

Assuming it didn't hit RTM a while back as rumored... If that was the case, then it would have gone to carriers then...

And I would imagine as WP7 is no longer heavily supported, carriers will scrutinize the update less...

SubZenit said,
Even if it will be released Wednesday it will take a few weeks, even months until the carriers will actual release them to the customers, so you will get it in 2013.

7.8 is supposedly OTA, bypassing the carriers.

Dot Matrix said,

7.8 is supposedly OTA, bypassing the carriers.

7.8 may have carrier bypassing OTA goodness baked in, but 7.5 doesn't I don't think. It's 7.5 that has to do the actual updating to 7.8 using it's existing method.

Dot Matrix said,

7.8 is supposedly OTA, bypassing the carriers.

From the technical side, why should the previous update process not be able to bypass the carriers? The previous updates were done connected to a computer via Zune. If anything, those OTA updates involve the carriers much more.

Deviate_X said,

No

What blows my mind with all the Windows Phone stuff lately is just how bad a job Microsoft are doing (and the handset vendors as well) about getting information out about the product.

Windows Phone 8 launch was just a complete cluster f**k in terms of finding out what handsets were going to be available on which carriers, and availability. Windows Phone 7.8 is apparently coming out on Wednesday and there is no definitive list on the handsets available or even any of the features in the bloody OS - apart from the fact that it gets a new start screen.

Seriously - sort it out Microsoft. You take a good bit of momentum on a product like Windows Phone, where people have really warmed to it and then proceed just **** off and alienate existing users and would be future customers. As for Nokia - I lost count of the amount of people who were waiting patiently for information on the Lumia 920 only to find it was going to be tied up with carrier exclusive crap.

Hopefully this will include all features of WP8 that can be ported to the older hardware. Especially Xbox Music is something I dont want to miss out on. Eventually I'll upgrade to a WP8 but my Mozart works perfectly fine right now and I plan to keep using it for a while.

[quote=Ronnet said,]Hopefully this will include all features of WP8 that can be ported to the older hardware. Especially Xbox Music is something I dont want to miss out on. Eventually I'll upgrade to a WP8 but my Mozart works perfectly fine right now and I plan to keep using it for a while.[/quote

Xbox Music is essentially the same as Zune Pass. I believe they already said they won't be rebranding Zune on WP7. And WP7 is only going to get a few features from WP8.

I wanted the MMS sync/backup but apparently Microsoft doesn't care about letting users move their stuff from WP7 to WP8. Even doing a SMS backup on WP7 is nothing but a nightmare.

Chicane-UK said,
Is there actually a definitive list anywhere of the devices that will actually get the update?

Anything but the LG/Dell phones?

francescob said,

Anything but the LG/Dell phones?

Exactly. It's pretty common among Windows Phone that everybody gets an update. The LG "incident" as I would call it is an exception to the rule for some reason.