The Windows Phone 7.8 party picked up steam earlier this week when Nokia announced that it was rolling out updates for its Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 smartphones. Other vendors soon followed.

All that was left was the official announcement from Redmond, and now Microsoft has added in the official patch notes for Windows Phone 7.8 on its Update History page.

The actual version number for the update is 7.10.8858.136 (whoa!) but Windows Phone 7.8 will do perfectly fine as Microsoft refers to it for short. Here are the patch notes, and what has changed:

  • Start. Provides resizable small, medium, and large Live Tiles so you can customize your Start experience in new ways.
  • Accent colors. Expands the number of available accent colors to 20.
  • Lock screen. Improves the lock screen experience with accidental wipe protection features and the Bing image of the day wallpaper.
  • Marketplace and Xbox. Expands Windows Phone Marketplace and Xbox support to new countries and regions.
  • Fonts. Enhances the Chinese font and improves the appearance of Arabic and other languages.
  • Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

This is pretty much in line with quite what we covered here in the news story yesterday about Nokia and its Windows Phone 7.8 rollout.

Now the update is being put in place on a number of wireless carriers, and it should appear on all eligible smartphones in due time (quite possibly all through February). Save for some newer models like Nokia latest Lumia 510, which is already set to have Windows Phone 7.8 right out of the box.

Just make sure to have the “notifications” option enabled on your device.

And speaking of eligible devices, Samsung has also confirmed that all of its Windows Phone 7 smartphones will also get the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade. Good news all around!

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  1. “Samsung has also confirmed that all of its Windows Phone 7 smartphones will also get the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade.”

    My wife and I both have Samsung Focus phones, so this is great news.

  2. I have Nokia lumia 900 and so far i can say that my phone is a little bit faster and more lively than before. But Nokia should find a butter (a very simple) ways of releasing its updates and various patches……

  3. I can not wait to get the update in my Samsung Focus. I love my phone the way it is, but it will surely be more efficient adding more apps per screen, and of course a little more personalized…. 🙂

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