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Microsoft officially confirms Windows 7.8 for 2013

Seattle software developer Microsoft has confirmed the Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing Windows Phone 7 operating systems won’t be arriving until next year.

The company has established this in a blog post by the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone, Terry Myerson.

He notes – “We know you’re eager to get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and we want you to know that we’re working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to get it tested, approved, and rolled out to as many devices as possible in early 2013. As we work to quickly get this in the hands of our loyal users, we’re also striving to deliver a high-quality release and ensure a smooth transition for our widely expanded services.”

Windows 7.8 brings in some of the features of the latest Microsoft mobile operating system – Windows Phone 8 – to older handsets.

These are the likes of the start screen’s resizable live titles that have 3 different formats, with 20 different colour options.

This offers a level of personalisation to Windows Phone that just wasn’t available on Windows Phone 7, where every handset from Samsung, to Nokia and HTC all looked the same: one of the worst features of that platform.

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Rob Kerr