Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 7.8 features, hints at end-November release

Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 7.8 features, hints at end-November releaseFor all the fuss made around the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 it didn't take the more level-headed among us too long to notice the ongoing lack of any news on Windows Phone 7.8.

Finally there is now something to report, after a fashion – a response to a query on Microsoft's Italian Facebook page has revealed more about the lesser-spotted low-fat version of WinPho.

We'll start with arguably the most important point – there's still no fixed release date to report, though the post does say Windows Phone 7.8 will arrive “soon after” the launch window for the new wave of Windows Phone 8 devices. So probably around the end of November, to hazard a guess.

The post does shed a bit more light on some of the features the Windows Phone 7.x update will bring to the table. Here's the text in full, courtesy of Google Translate:

“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.

“Among the features are the new Start screen, the sharing of the calendar using the function Club and access to key Microsoft services and content, including Xbox Music Store library that can be enjoyed by Zune and Xbox SmartGlass.”

We assume there's more, but it's a solid start. But here's the question: with the unreachable Windows Phone 8 promised land now very much there to be had, does WP7.8 even matter any more? I don't mean the OS itself on new devices like the Nokia Lumia 510, but the upgrade for existing ones.

It doesn't change the original "insult" (as many WP7 users viewed the announcement that there would be no upgrade path to WP8), but I suspect by now most people are ready to move on (many have probably already done so quite literally from an OS point of view), and the appearance of the Windows Phone 7.8 band-aid might do little more than remind them of the original wound.

Or maybe I'm totally wrong - it has been a while since I laid down my Samsung Omnia 7, to be fair. Maybe others feel differently? Feel free to share in the Comments.

Via WMPowerUser

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11 comments

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:53

Suspect that anyone who bought one in last few months might feel differently. So more than half the total wp7 owners maybe. Nokia 900 owners for staters.

Stelph  Nov. 1, 2012 at 11:40

I wonder who's the more annoyed? People who in the last 2-3 months bought a WP7 mobile or people who in the last 2-3 months bought an iPad 3?

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 11:50

Any thoughts on that Lewis?

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 11:50

I do like the idea of a function club

corgi74  Nov. 1, 2012 at 12:11

I do like the idea of a function club

Shhhh!! You forgot the first rule of function club

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 12:17

Bash people with the function club?

Archduke Franz  Nov. 1, 2012 at 12:59

Microsoft are always slow with everything, it'll be well into December before anyone gets it and probably I'll still be waiting for my update well into the new year.

Crashy  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:27

I am in hurry.. Last evening I found a 8779 update for my ZTE Tania in the ZTE's Swedish website and I cannot wait for 7.8 anymore. Or I will get any Android 4 smartphone soon. (I like Windows Phone and I hate Android - my Android 4.0.4 single core tablet is so slugish, too many lag and so on)

UncleSlappy  Nov. 2, 2012 at 02:01

I've had my Lumia 710 for 7 months. I like it, and WP7.5 works for me. My one gripe is wanting to fit more tiles on the screen at once, and WP7.8 will give me that. I plan to ride my phone into the ground, so yes WP7.8 does still matter to some of us.

ntn  Nov. 2, 2012 at 12:52

I live outside the US in Africa. I have the titan 2 and I am so happy I own it. I hate android for it's lag. The windows OS is the smoothest in the world. I don't NEED the windows phone 8, but I will accept it for free. Even if there is no update to 7.5, I will still be a happy windowsphoner

Mattresso  Feb. 8, 2013 at 08:57

Installed the 7.8 update last week. Very, very nice indeed and visually identical to WP8. It will increase the longevity of the 800/900 I'm sure.

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