Windows Phone 7.8 was supposed to appease early backers of Windows Phone 7, who learned that they’d be left behind as Microsoft shifted its attentions to Windows Phone 8. However, at this rate, Windows Phone 9 will be here by the time the consolation prize touches down.
Vodafone Germany recently suggested that the Windows Phone 7.8 rollout had been halted by Microsoft, and two further sources (both Nokia-flavoured, incidentally) confirm that notion.
A Chrome translation of a tweet from Nokia Russia reveals: “Microsoft decided to temporarily suspend distribution updates WP7.8 for finalization.”
Further to that, as reported by Omio News Blog, Ray Haddow, Senior Manager at Nokia UK Communications, adds: “Microsoft has identified a minor issue in the Windows Phone 7.8 update and have temporarily paused delivery until it’s addressed. We’ll have more information as it becomes available“.
What is that “minor issue”? Well, a small number of users have seemingly received the Windows Phone 7.8 update, however there are tales of Live Tiles on the new Windows Phone 8-style homescreen not updating correctly, and – in some cases – consuming huge amounts of data.
The general consensus seems to be that Microsoft has paused the Windows Phone 7.8 rollout in order to address that particular issue, though M$ has neglected to make an official announcement.
Way to keep everyone happy, Microsoft. Having said that, the number of people genuinely up in arms about the Windows Phone 7.8 delay probably numbers, like, 12?