SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has revealed that Windows Phone 7.8 will be released in early 2013, despite expectations for an imminent launch.
Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7.8 earlier this year, and promises to bring some of the features of Windows Phone 8 to older Windows Phone 7 devices such as the Nokia Lumia 800.
These features include Windows Phone 8's new resizable live tile interface, as well as 10 additional colour themes. There are also new lock screen features, the 'A1B2C3' PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts and some new apps, including Words With Friends and Draw Something.
Terry Myerson, corporate VP of Windows Phone 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."
While Microsoft won't release Windows Phone 7.8 until next year, it adds that phones running its in-between mobile operating system are already starting to launch. µ