Microsoft: Windows Phone 7.8 will be launched in 2013
Earlier this week, we told you that Windows Phone 7.8 might be released before the end of the month, and we’ve even seen the Nokia Lumia 510 running it. Unfortunately, today Microsoft smashed all hopes of those who were expecting the new version of the mobile OS to be available this year.
Terry Merson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone, unveiled that WP 7.8 would be “rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013.” That’s a bummer for customers who have WP 7.5 devices and don’t want / can’t afford to buy a new Windows Phone 8 handset until 2013.
The good news is that, according to Terry Merson, he’s been using the Nokia Lumia 900 with various WP 7.8 builds lately, and “it felt like a completely new phone.” Indeed, WP 7.8 does include some features found in Windows Phone 8, like resizable Live Tiles, a new Start screen, lock screen enhancements, or more theme and accent colors (up to 20).
Brand new Windows Phone 7.8 handsets should be launched around the world, mainly in emerging markets – since “these devices will typically be sold at a range of lower price points, meaning there will now be Windows Phones for everyone’s budget and need.”
We will let you know when Microsoft shares more plans related to Windows Phone 7.8.