Windows Phone 7.8 is almost here

Windows Phone 8 might be the main focus in the Windows smartphone world but let’s not forget about Windows Phone 7.8.

For those of you who jumped head first into the world of Windows Phone, it was somewhat disappointing to learn that Microsoft wasn’t allowing any Windows Phone 7.x devices to make the upgrade to the newest OS. Luckily, Windows Phone 7.8 helps fill in some of the feature gap between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

So what’s coming with Windows Phone 7.8? According to Microsoft Italy, we should be seeing Rooms, calendar sharing, the new WP8-style start screen and a whole lot more. The roll-out is supposed to start very soon.

For those that were hoping to ditch the dead/dying Zune software with Windows Phone 7.8, bad news here, Windows Phone 7.8 still uses this software. Apparently you also won’t get the full Xbox Music and Video apps with 7.8.

This isn’t necessarily ALL the features in Windows Phone 7.8, just everything we know of so far. Are you someone with a Windows Phone 7.x device? Do you think you’ll be satisfied with Windows Phone 7.8 or will you jump to Windows Phone 8 or another platform as soon as possible?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kristijan.sasilo Kristijan Sašilo

    I’ll be getting a WP8 device (lumia 920) sometimes next year, when my carrier in this stupid country of mine gets it. But I am looking forward to the new start screen on my Omnia 7, providing it doesn’t die on me in the meantime…

  • William Orme

    I’ll not recommend to even buy a 7.8 windows phone, even if i know their are new interesting features including the private rooms and start screen. But I don’t believe this is going to be a stable version as the windows 8 will gain the market and I don’t think Microsoft is going to focus on this version of it. My advice would be to wait and add to your budget a little and go for Windows 8.

  • Peter Walsh

    However windows has managed to provide users with 7.8 Windows Phone. I will still prefer to have a Windows 8 neither than 7.8 as this will not be a market/eye catcher.

  • Peter Walsh

    I don’t know why, but Microsoft never allows any phone be it 7 or 7.8 to upgrade to the newest os. Quite annoying while their competitors for instance Samsung allows updating Android to newest version available in the market.

    • Robert Kegel

      Peter let me tell you why. Windows Phone 7 hardware is not powerful enough for Windows Phone 8. If they would have aloud upgrades to Windows Phone 8 from 7, people would have been pissed and complained that they did so because it would have been slow. Instead of bloggers writing the negative posts they do about Microsoft not updating they would have been writing negative posts about them updating. Microsoft is damned if they do and damned if they don’t, but I think they made the right choice. It would have looked worse if they would have. The only thing Microsoft did wrong is they didn’t explain well enough why there wasn’t going to be an upgrade just that they considered it.

  • Creag Emmons

    I’ll update to 7.8, but anticipate a WP8 in my hand by January.

  • Tom

    I still have a year to go in my contract and therefore, I am not interested in paying the big money to move to WP8 just yet. I will definitely upgrade to WP7.8 as soon as the update is available in Canada and will use it until my contract expires. Once that happens, I will be ready to move to WP8 most likely with the Lumia 920 or the New Samsung. I currently have a Focus and although it is already considered a legacy phone, I could not be happier with it… It is fast, has a great screen, and since it was (as far as I know) the only WP7 phone with a memory card slot, I have 40 GB of memory!… that in itself rocks! 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/darrenkgeorge Darren Kavin George

    posting from my windows phone now……
    If the data saving feature is available on windows phone 7.8, then I will hold off on the upgrade. If not, then I will hold off for a few months and upgrade in like January

  • Ibrahim Ibrahim

    I just hope i can back up my sms from my Samsung Focus S to Nokia 920 , if not i will reluctantly upgrade . So 7.8 must have Sms back up !