Confirmed: Windows Phone 7.8 to get more than just a new Start screen

By LiveSide | In Mobile | Posted September 7, 2012 24 comments

Ever since the Windows Phone Summit held back in June, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 7.8, rather than Windows Phone 8, is coming to existing devices. However,  Microsoft only mentioned during the Summit that Windows Phone 7.8 will be coming with the new Start screen, and refused to comment any more. Since then there had been various debates about whether the update will contain anything more than just a new Start screen.

Today, according to reports from Neowin.net, during TechEd New Zealand Microsoft confirmed to the audiences that the Windows Phone 7.8 will be including more than just the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen, and that it will indeed include new features.

TechEd NZ

Microsoft did not mention what they were, however they did mention that after the Windows Phone 7.8, it will be up to the OEMs to continue to innovate on the existing devices. We have seen Nokia continuing its commitment in updating their existing devices with new Nokia-exclusive features, however, whether other OEMs like Samsung and HTC will follow suit raises a big question.

At least we now know that there’ll be more than just a new Start screen coming to our current Windows Phones!

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 5:34 am
  • http://www.windowsobserver.com/ Richard Hay

    I certainly hope that nifty built in screenshot capability comes to 7.8 as well.

  • http://www.windowsobserver.com/ Richard Hay

    I certainly hope that nifty built in screenshot capability comes to 7.8 as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    I hope skype will be intergrated in the 7.8, that would be really good for the current 7.5 os users

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    I hope skype will be intergrated in the 7.8, that would be really good for the current 7.5 os users

  • Mario Albertico

    If we’re talking about bullet #2, I would take that to just mean that OEMs like Nokia will continue to release interesting apps for their WP 7.5 devices (that is how yesterday Nokia talked about their commitment to supporting existing hardware in releasing apps like City Lens). Plus, like damaster mentions, can we really see Samsung and HTC suddenly add experiences to their 7.5 devices when they haven’t been done so (like Nokia has) thus far?

  • Mario Albertico

    If we’re talking about bullet #2, I would take that to just mean that OEMs like Nokia will continue to release interesting apps for their WP 7.5 devices (that is how yesterday Nokia talked about their commitment to supporting existing hardware in releasing apps like City Lens). Plus, like damaster mentions, can we really see Samsung and HTC suddenly add experiences to their 7.5 devices when they haven’t been done so (like Nokia has) thus far?

  • Richard Cooper

    I would like to see VPN access please….

  • Richard Cooper

    I would like to see VPN access please….

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredy.feghali Fredy Feghali

    screenshot plz! it’s unacceptable not to have a screenshot function in a smartphone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredy.feghali Fredy Feghali

    screenshot plz! it’s unacceptable not to have a screenshot function in a smartphone!

  • Rajavelin

    7.8 releasing date????????!

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Microsoft has only said that 7.8 will become available *after* Windows Phone 8 is released

    • Shibby121

      Release date is November 5th.

  • Rajavelin

    7.8 releasing date????????!

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Microsoft has only said that 7.8 will become available *after* Windows Phone 8 is released

    • Shibby121

      Release date is November 5th.

  • http://twitter.com/NemOry Oliver Martinez

    I can’t wait for the 7.8 update.

  • http://twitter.com/NemOry NemOry Oliver

    I can’t wait for the 7.8 update.

  • Rajavelin

     windows 8 is released..still how long we ve to wait????

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      We’re waiting for Windows *Phone* 8 to be released ;) (and then some time after that!)

  • Rajavelin

     windows 8 is released..still how long we ve to wait????

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      We’re waiting for Windows *Phone* 8 to be released ;) (and then some time after that!)

  • Mirai Densetsu

    Well… It sounds to me that Microsoft will bring nothing aside the new start screen to Windows Phone 7.8 and they’re relying only on OEMs and developers to not let the platform die.

    I have an Nokia Lumia 710 and i love it. But with this issue, I think that is better to buy an Nokia handset when they adopt Android. Before this, no deal.

  • Mirai Densetsu

    Well… It sounds to me that Microsoft will bring nothing aside the new start screen to Windows Phone 7.8 and they’re relying only on OEMs and developers to not let the platform die.

    I have an Nokia Lumia 710 and i love it. But with this issue, I think that is better to buy an Nokia handset when they adopt Android. Before this, no deal.