It appears that the much-awaited Windows Phone 7 upgrade is coming soon. Although it won’t have any of the fancy features found in the Windows Phone 8, the Windows Phone 7.8 still offers a revamped user interface that gives it the appearance of the latest mobile operating system.
Introducing the Windows Phone 7.8
During the announcement of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft also said that they would release an update for the early adopters who supported its predecessors. After all, this update would be necessary, as the WP8 makes a clean break from WP7. As posted by Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone program manager, in a company blog:
Windows Phone 8 is a generation shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware. But we care deeply about our existing customers and want to keep their phones fresh, so we’re providing the new Start screen in this new update.
In addition, Windows IT writer Paul Thurrott said that the sop to WP7 users is no small favor for them.
I can tell you after almost a month of using WP8 handsets that this one feature really is most of the new WP8 experience. It will be a huge benefit to existing users.
Evidence of Upcoming Windows Phone 7 Update
Although mobile phones that run Windows Phone 8 have started hitting the market, the company remained silent about its promise to legacy users. However, that changed in the recent weeks.
Chinese press reported recently that Microsoft’s Greater China vice president predicted that Windows Phone 7.8 would be rolled out in China “in the coming weeks”. Although the time frame is questionable, this also suggests that an upgrade is in the works.
A Chinese video also appeared online, which shows the much-awaited mobile OS in action on a Nokia Lumia 510. The clip doesn’t show anything startling other than the active tiling feature and the Bing wallpaper lock screen.
In relation to this, upcoming features of the WP7.8 were revealed on a Microsoft’s employee’s Facebook Page. He even predicted that the update will support the company’s music and Xbox offerings.
Apparently, news about the WP7.8 are coming from overseas where lips are looser than they are stateside. Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine that Microsoft is pushing the update outside of the US before it is done domestically. This also means that the “coming weeks” may be sooner than expected. It is more likely that the update will arrive before the year ends, as what the company previously promised.