Microsoft Says Windows Phone 7.8 Due Early 2013
Microsoft today announced some new details regarding Windows Phone 7.8, which is a in-between step bridging Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8. According to Microsoft, it is still testing the platform update with its hardware and carrier partners. The new software will be distributed on lower-cost devices in emerging markets as well as rolled out to existing WP7.5 devices. Microsoft doesn't expect it to reach existing devices until early in 2013. In addition to the new Start screen behavior and adjustable Live Tiles, which were features disclosed by Microsoft earlier this year, Windows Phone 7.8 also doubles the number of themes and accent colors, adds more flexibility to the lock screen wallpaper, and increases the the number of passwords that can be used to unlock the device. Microsoft also said that Windows Phone 7.8 will help it extend the XBox ecosystem to more countries. Microsoft expects to share more details about Windows Phone 7.8 closer to its availability.
Microsoft Officially Kicks Off Sales of Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft began selling the Nokia Lumia 630 today, marking the official availability and launch of Windows Phone 8.1. Both the Lumia 630 and Windows Phone 8.1 were revealed by Microsoft and Nokia during the former's Build developer conference in April.
Microsoft Brings Live Lock Screen App to Windows Phone
Microsoft today made available the Live Lock Screen application for Windows Phone 8.1. The Live Lock Screens were first announced as a WP8.1 feature back in April.
Microsoft Releases Skype for Business App on Windows Phone
Microsoft today replaced its Lync 2013 corporate messaging app with Skype for Business for Windows Phone. The app has a refreshed user interface for messaging, more emoticons, and improved interactions with the server.
Microsoft Says Older Phones Won't Get Windows 10 Until 2016
Microsoft today said owners of handsets running Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 will have to wait a bit longer to receive Windows 10. The update was originally expected to arrive this month, but Microsoft has now delayed the rollout.