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Muhammad Farrukh    1,079

Windows Phone 7.8 could arrive in days, additional future update suggested

Windows Phone 7.8 could be hitting devices before Christmas, if the recent round of gossip is to be believed. With Windows Phone 8 now launched on a new run of flagship devices, it's now the turn of legacy Windows Phones to get updated.

Microsoft had always said that Windows Phone 7.8 release would happen once the Windows Phone 8 launch was completed. Although no timescale has been announced, it had been expected to be in early-2013.

However, information coming out of a Nokia Asia-Pacific developer event in Singapore suggests that attendees where told that Windows Phone 7.8 RTMd (release to market) this week, meaning the updated software is ready to roll, with a timescale of "days to weeks" expected.

The information is attributed to "head of Nokia Asia Pacific Developer" so it's not clear exactly who passed on the information and we remain slightly sceptical.

Windows Phone 7.8 is the stop-gap bringing new features to existing Windows Phones, like the Nokia Lumia 800, as Microsoft decided to not to support existing devices when it launched its new software.

But there's more Windows Phone 7.8 news too. This time coming from Nokia Germany where a leaked slide suggests that there's another increment beyond WP7.8.

It's simply given as 7.x, suggesting that a name hasn't been decided, although one would surmise that 7.9 is the only real numeric option available.

Whether this is confirmation of life beyond 7.8 remains to be seen, but one thing is sure: Nokia seems to be making a noise about Windows Phone 7.8 now, so we can expect to see some action on old handsets soon. Take both pieces of information with a pinch of salt however, as there's nothing official to report right now.

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+LogicalApex    1,746

Hopefully Nokia can get some of this sorted out inside MS.

For me, the WP8 upgrade story on my Lumia 800 made me jump from MS to Android. The first time I've left the MS camp for any Smartphone I've owned and my first Windows based Smartphone was in 2005.

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f0rk_b0mb    698

I really doubt it. There will most likely be small updates like 7.8.2, 7.8.4, etc, but nothing major. (bug fixes, stability, performance, security fixes)

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Muhammad Farrukh    1,079

My guess is, that 7.9 will be an experience as close to 8 as it can get. At least that's what Microsoft will try to do

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Detection    2,256

7.8.8 - Just to subliminally convince us to upgrade

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George P    3,557

I think any update after 7.8 might be from nokia itself and have nothing much to do with MS. Hell I bet MS is already well into 8.1 work. The core WP team anyways, with a smaller group doing 7.8 on the side.

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johnporter29    91

Well I'm looking forward to getting 7.8 on my Lumia 800, think the new start screen will be a massive improvement to what 7.5 has, been able to resize the tiles etc.

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Biohead    145

If the RTM build is 8858, then it's just hit the HTC HD2... that thing just won't die!

The start screen does make quite a bit of difference I think. It's nice to be able to minimise the features that you don't use all that often, but still could do with them on the start screen.

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Detection    2,256

Nothing on Nokia servers yet

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Shane Nokes    739

If the RTM build is 8858, then it's just hit the HTC HD2... that thing just won't die!

The start screen does make quite a bit of difference I think. It's nice to be able to minimise the features that you don't use all that often, but still could do with them on the start screen.

The HD2 is a WM 6.5 device that has ROMs cooked for it based on either release or pre-release builds.

What would custom ROMs for it have to do with whether or not builds are rolling out for other devices?

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Biohead    145

Rumours are it is the RTM build, which means it should now be in the process of OEMs getting it ready for their devices, and hopefully released fairly shortly (depending on if the OEM pulls their finger out of course). Thought that would be fairly self explanatory?

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Detection    2,256

Windows Phone 7.8 and the Nokia Lumia 510 demonstrated

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Shane Nokes    739

Rumours are it is the RTM build, which means it should now be in the process of OEMs getting it ready for their devices, and hopefully released fairly shortly (depending on if the OEM pulls their finger out of course). Thought that would be fairly self explanatory?

Ah...no from the post it wasn't self explanatory. :)

I was trying to figure out the connection between a non-WP device and RTM for WP7.8

I see where you're going with it now.

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