Interesting. Nokia has suggested that the Windows Phone 7.8 update could be just days away from emerging, and – entirely separate – that version 7.8 might not be the final evolution of Windows Phone 7.x.
The launch date rumour in particular comes as a surprise, as conservative estimates had the arrival of WP7.8 coming at around the end of the month, with others predicting we wouldn't see it before 2013 at all.
But Nokia – Microsoft's preferred partner in Windows Phone, let's not forget – appears to believe otherwise. At a joint developer event put on by the two companies in Singapore over the weekend, WMPowerUser reports a Nokia exec as confirming that WP7.8 has officially gone RTM, and that we should expect its official release in “days to weeks”.
That's in line with forecasts at the beginning of the month that the release of the latest evolution of Windows Phone 7 would be dealt with once the marketing efforts surrounding the launch of WP8 and Windows 8 were out of the way – though just days ago it was being suggested we'd only see it in the New Year.
Whenever it arrives, though, there's new hope that Windows Phone 7.8 might not be the end of the evolutionary road for WP7 after all.
A slide said to have leaked from a Nokia roadmap acquired by German site WParea, refers to a mystery Windows Phone 7.x update coming after 7.8's appearance as the final point of development for WP devices caught on the wrong side of the Apollo divide.
As a single snippet of information, it's by no means hard and fast proof that another WP7.x release is definitely coming, but it does at least lend weight to the notion that Microsoft won't be turning a cold shoulder to legacy Windows Phone handsets just because they won't ever be jumping to Windows Phone 8.
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