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  • Windows Phone 7.8 coming in early 2013, says Microsoft

    Contrary to various reports that recently surfaced online about the the Windows Phone 7.8 update coming this week for the users of Windows Phone Mango, Microsoft, in it's blog has announced that the update would be coming only by early 2013.

    A lot of Windows Phone 7 users were left disappointed after Microsoft announced their latest smartphone OS, Windows Phone 8, as the older devices were not compatible to run the new operating system.

    Instead, Microsoft said that they would be rolling out an update for the users of Windows Phone Mango, which would provide a "similar" experience as the Windows Phone 8.

    In Microsoft's latest Windows Phone Blog, Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Windows Phone, has said, "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."

    The Blog also mentioned the new features coming in the Windows Phone 7.8 update, the biggest and most noticeable of them being the re-sizable live tiles, just as in Windows Phone 8.

    Other than that, WP 7.8 will also get 20 new theme options, which is double the number available in the current version. Also, the lockscreen in WP 7.8 will be added with some new features such as the Bing Picture of the Day.

    It is no secret that the biggest concern with Windows Phone is the number of Apps in it's armory. In the blog, Microsoft also mentioned that the popular games like Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars will soon debut on the platform.

    With this Blog Post, Microsoft has once again mentioned that it hasn't forgot the older Windows Phone users. We just hope that the update makes it's way to the users on time.