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Windows Phone 7.8 Update Roll Out Could Be Far Off



At Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event yesterday, there was plenty of talk about the company’s Windows Phone 8 plans but nothing in regards to a release date for Windows Phone 7.8, the operating system that will be heading to some of Microsoft’s older phones including the Nokia Lumia 900. And unfortunately, it’s looking like owners of older Windows Phone devices might be in for a long wait in regards to the Windows Phone 7.8 release date.

According to Chinese site WPDang, by way of WPCentral, the roll out for Windows Phone 7.8 could be a ways away. The site claims that the software won’t be coming through an OTA at first and instead, will be offered on new lower-end Windows Phone models at some point after the initial Windows Phone 8 launch in November. After those phones are released, the Windows Phone 7.8 roll out will begin.

Read: Windows Phone 8 Fully Detailed on Video.


It could be awhile before we see Windows Phone 7.8 roll out.

So, given that many Windows Phone 8 devices won’t be launching until the middle of the month, it could be awhile before the Windows Phone 7.8 update rolls out to Microsoft’s aging devices.

Keep in mind, this is strictly a rumor at this point and it could definitely be off base, but given that Microsoft remained mum about the subject at its event yesterday, it’s certainly a possibility and appears fairly likely at this point. And given that Windows Phone 7.5 Mango rolled out in a similar way, we’re not betting against a slow roll out for Windows Phone 7.8.

Read: Windows Phone 8 Release Dates and Prices Almost Announced.

Windows Phone 7.8 is a stripped down version of Windows Phone 8 which Microsoft has promised for older Windows Phone devices in place of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 will not be rolling out to any older Windows Phones. Instead, it will be arriving on new smartphones only.

The software will feature the new, customizable Start screen from Windows Phone 8 at the very least though it will likely feature much more than that. Hopefully, we see something emerge soon about the update and various features soon as current Windows Phone owners are likely getting antsy.



  1. steve

    10/31/2012 at 1:59 am

    this is the first big mistake of the “new windows push” which was started with windows phone 7. even older ipone 3gs can be updated a couple generations of the ios platform, android also does this. definatley makes me think twice before investing 700$ in a rt tablet which after 1 to 2 years could be abandonded entirely and pulls active app development over to a new platform. screen resolutions will change, hardware will change, which leaves me wondering why exactly do that not offer window phone 8 upgrade to those who for example bought a htc titan. Without hearing a very good reason i’m left second guessing getting the next gen windows phone, or investing in an rt tablet.

    if i buy a samsung galaxy s3, then i am at least very sure that it will be updated 2-3 years, and there will be new apps on the way in those 2-3 years. the HTC Titan i bought 4 months ago is, within the next 2-3 months, abandonded by the developer community most likely. The 7.8 update will also most likely be the last feature update to the phone while windows phone 8 handsets recieve feature updates.

    • MarkCameron

      10/31/2012 at 7:14 am

      Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)

    • Duff Callan

      10/31/2012 at 9:35 am

      Thats not 100% true. Yes, my iPhone 3g can update to “iOS 6” but it still lacks alot of features Because of the hardware in the phone. My Samsung Galaxy S can only upgrade to firmware version 2.2, when Android is now on 4.1
      Your claim is quite false. Every Device runs into these problems when hardware is out dated

      • Baldvino

        11/05/2012 at 4:57 am

        galaxy s i9000 went all the way to 2.3.6
        without rooting it or anything,
        So your claim is quite false

    • Alex

      11/01/2012 at 2:48 am

      If I remember correctly, no windows phone 7 has a dual core processor, and the windows phone 8 OS requires a dual core processor. Which then obviously makes it impossible to have a full windows 8 on a windows 7 handset. Which is not ideal, especially for any of us who has got a new windows phone within the last year.

      • KdogTwing

        11/16/2012 at 11:53 am

        actually microsoft made official hardware requirements and to run phone 8 dual core IS required.

      • KdogTwing

        11/16/2012 at 11:54 am

        haha I’m sorry I misread your comment. I agree with you that it wouldn’t work BC dual core is required

  2. eric houske

    10/31/2012 at 9:00 pm

    Is it true WP 7.8 to delayed until late 1st Qtr 2013?

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