The latest buzz on the Windows Phone grapevine is that version 7.8 of the operating system will be released soon enough.
As you’re no doubt aware, Microsoft has recently unleashed Windows Phone 8, its latest incarnation – but that OS isn’t compatible with older Windows Phone handsets, as their hardware isn’t up to scratch with its new spec requirements.
So users who are still on Windows Phone 7.x handsets (currently on 7.5) can look forward to a smaller upgrade with version 7.8 soon. It’s good to know Microsoft isn’t completely abandoning its older handsets… yet.
According to WMPoweruser, a Microsoft VP in China has said that Windows Phone 7.8 will be hitting the Chinese market in the “coming weeks,” suggesting that it will be out before the end of 2012. That was always the target date.
Earlier this week, Nokia also let slip that WP 7.8 was imminent – as in possibly due before the end of November – so it would seem to be the case that it will be here pretty soon.
Windows Phone 7.8 will carry some of the features of Windows Phone 8, such as UI tweaks and the new Start screen. It’s something of a consolation prize, but definitely better than nothing for Lumia 900 owners and their ilk.